The heist was showcased on social media by Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, an Islamist group operating in the Aleppo governorate.
Al-Masdar News investigated the claim with a military source embedded with the SAA’s Tiger Forces and can confirm the loss of one T-90 tank during yesterday’s battle.
According to the source, the tank suddenly malfunctioned, having suffered a complete power cut that rendered it useless. The tank crew then attempted to reboot the T-90 tank, but it failed to comply.
Subsequently, Syrian soldiers of the Tiger Forces dropped grenades into the tank and were forced to abandon it under heavy fire from insurgent positions.
The tank malfunction played a key role in obstructing yesterday’s offensive as it disrupted the Tiger Forces’ assault formation, forcing Major General Suheil al-Hassan to pull his troops back to their original positions on the outskirts of the Al-Mallah Farms.