DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – In what later proved to be a blatant propaganda stunt, ISIS claimed it had obliterated one of the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) T-90 tanks on the western outskirts of Al-Mayadeen on Thursday.

Publishing three images to back up the claim, Amaq Agency featured an alleged T-90 tank with its turret decapitated from its main body:

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ISIS, through its media wing, also said it had killed upwards of 50 government troops near Al-Mayadeen on Thursday alone in an ambush on a government convoy that was traveling southwards along the M4 Highway.

Upon hearing of the story, Al-Masdar News reached out to an exclusive military source embedded with the SAA’s Tiger Forces to learn more. Surprisingly, the source insisted that the SAA had not lost a single armored vehicle near Al-Mayadeen on Thursday and accused Amaq Agency of shameless lies.

The source believed that the above images were of a SAA tank seized by ISIS in the area on October 25. He added that the tank was not even a T-90 version but rather an upgraded T-72 tank.

In conclusion, ISIS seemingly blew up its own tank to boast a rare victory for propaganda purposes. Although mere speculation, the modified T-72 tank was likely useless due to technical malfunction which probably led to its capture in the first place.

Amaq Agency tends to be accurate when reporting ISIS gains on the battlefield but has always refused to cover any territorial losses suffered by the self-proclaimed caliphate. In recent months, claims of casualties upon forces opposed to ISIS have begun to be vastly exaggerated, in turn reducing the outlet’s credibility.

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stanman
stanman
2017-11-17 02:34

The welded turret is clearly that of a T-90A. No other Russian tank uses this turret construction thus it must be a T-90A. The T72B3 upgrade uses a cast turret which looks rounded. The level of destruction including the turret loss is likely to be from an internal ammunition explosion.

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Rotten_Robbie
2017-11-17 01:11

the SAA or PMU are eventually going to uncover an media office somewhere, so this admittedly slick and well produced propaganda can be cut off. but it would be nice to see the videos leaked in source quality, if for no other reason than to see what the world can come to when blindly supporting movements abroad can backfire on those who seek to spread their hegemony.

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James Prendergast
2017-11-17 02:34
Reply to  Rotten_Robbie

I do not believe that ISIL have a media HQ in Syria. Saudi perhaps or Hollywood.

Namefag
Namefag
2017-11-17 05:08

>welded turret
That’s 100% a T-90A. The fact that they had one available to blow up is significant enough.

nubbins
nubbins
2017-11-17 08:53

stanman is right. The T-90A introduced the hexagonal welded turret as opposed to the rounded cast turret of the T-90 and early T-90S. The round turret carries over from the T-72B family but the welded one is unique to the T-90A.

Apparently the tank suffered two ATGM successive hits, and was abandoned shortly after. The fire set off the ammunition a few hours later.

Everyone wants to see ISIS burnt to the ground but you’d better do your research before claiming to “debunk” something that has a surprising amount of truth to it.

Bippedybop
Bippedybop
2017-11-17 04:01

No offense, but I wouldn’t trust the ‘Tiger Forces’ media wing/representatives over Amaq.

I’m no ISIS apologist, but they’re largely accurate when making claims about destroyed equipment (maybe not troop casualties, but that’s another thing entirely).

ddddd
ddddd
2017-11-17 08:27

how can be amaq still on internet, if ICANN is under the US control?
Easy USA=AMAQ.

ddddd
ddddd
2017-11-17 08:28
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the same is valid for IANA.