The Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, and Nouriddeen Al-Zinki have received a new shipment of advanced missiles from their Gulf allies on Friday in order to help combat the pro-government forces that are advancing in the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside.

Recently, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – alongside Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and several Iraqi paramilitary units – have captured several villages and hilltops that were once under Islamist rebel control, leaving the latter cutoff from their primary supply route along the Aleppo-Gaziantep Highway in northern Aleppo.

In order to bolster the defensive capabilities of their Islamist allies on the ground, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have equipped the hard-lined opposition forces with 122 mm grad rockets; these missiles possess a larger impact and farther range than the current missiles in their arsenal.

The traditional 122 mm grad rocket can travel as far as [correction] 40-45 km, making it a lethal weapon to fire towards government-controlled sites that the Islamist rebels currently do not have access to on the ground.

While the Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham militant displayed pictures of the recently arrived grad rockets; it is still not clear how many missiles they actually possess.

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Justin Haynes
Justin Haynes
2016-02-13 03:31

I think I can see a “made in the USA” sticker on there

a7x
a7x
2016-02-13 03:25

BM-21 range is far less than 400km, its only 20km ranged classic MRLS artillery

3AM
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3AM
2016-02-13 03:37

How it comes when all supply routs have been blocked by SAA?

Johny
Johny
2016-02-13 08:43
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What do you think the two American airplane that enter Aleppo few days ago went there to do?

4Am
4Am
2016-02-13 22:06
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Only the primary supply route is cutted. There is a minor second route

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janjak desalin
2016-02-13 05:13

do y’all think your readers are stupid?
the range of these rockets is 45 kn, max.
the vehicle has a “operational range” of 400 km.

if y’all need writers that are actually informed of and familiar with military equipment, and terminology, y’all know my e-mail.

qqtf
qqtf
2016-02-13 06:09

Dear Mr. Fadel, I admit, I’m very unfamiliar with USSR/Russian type of artillery, but I believed a grad-missile system is a highly mobile (autopropelled), very flexible (especially in the time dimension), short range, area artillery weapon. I think, depending on the type of ammunition, max. distance to be around 40 km not 400 km. Unless it’s a very new type of rocket. Do you know the specific type? So what can it mean? If used well (=> transmission of battlefield intelligence), you have a system that can evade airstrikes, and wreak havoc on soft targets like infantry, light armoured vehicles… Read more »

stranger
stranger
2016-02-13 07:32

Hmm, so they can destroy the Russian air base in Lattakia? Saudi Arabia is a sick country.

PewPewPlasmagun
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2016-02-13 10:15

40km range, not 400. Modern Grad missiles have 40km range. And where did they get them, I wonder.

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Janjak Desalin
2016-02-13 10:40

wow. so misinformation is the objective, then?

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2016-02-13 11:05

The US and it’s alliances are demanding a ceasefire…and yet continue to arm and fund these terrorists, therefore prolonging the war and the bloodshed.

hassan
hassan
2016-02-13 10:47

40km not 400km rectify

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janjak desalin
2016-02-13 12:02
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i’ve tried, twice, to bring attention to this. either his pseudo-intellectual Arab ego is hyper sensitive to correction or he want to misinform, it seems.

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janjak desalin
2016-02-13 12:29
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i guarantee you that it won’t be corrected!

Dargon
Dargon
2016-02-13 18:04
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You’re right!

Chegue
Chegue
2016-02-13 11:19

Maximum firing range of Grad rocket is 20 km (new versions 30–45 km) not 400 km

Karol
Karol
2016-02-13 11:47

grad range = 40 km not 400!

4Am
4Am
2016-02-13 11:49

“cutoff from their primary supply route” There is a second route from the west, longer and slower, less capacity

Menschmaschine
Menschmaschine
2016-02-13 12:19

Hmm, I don’t see what is so special about the Grad’s. While the smaller 107 mm rockets (as well as various types of selfmade rockets) are more frequently seen used by the rebels, the Grad is not that rare either; I can recall numerous instances of opposition use since the start of the war. Oh, and a Grad certainly does not have a range of 400 km, but more like 20 km for the original round and 40 – 50 km for newer developments.

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Tony Rossini
2016-02-13 18:15

The Saudis need to be flattened!

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2016-02-13 23:00

Typo corrected.

Karen Ashley
Karen Ashley
2016-02-15 19:06

A muslim told me in 1976 that the imperialist countries supply the arms for the third worlders to kill eachother. What’s new? Take a bite out of Hindu and Buddhist and Essene scriptures and stop killing and enslaving other animals for “nutrition” and your wars will stop. Pythagoras said 200 years before Jesus so long as men eat other animals they will neither know health nor peace for as long as they slaughter other sentient beings they will always be at was with eachother….

Karen Ashley
Karen Ashley
2016-02-16 04:56

Follow the money. All religions are originated from one extraterrestrial family from Nibiru. The king of Nibiru is Anu and has 7 wives and 60+ children. His home has a sign that shows he deals in gold. The gold comes from our planet earth. It gives them everlasting life and shields them our sun when they pass by after numerous milllenia. Apparently they’re headed this way to get the latest shipment. You’d think they’d have had enough or found another place in the last 450,00 years to get it since they have shortened our lives considerably by genetically modifying us… Read more »