On Wednesday, various islamist factions of “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) backed by Turkish Army and Air Force launched a powerful assault on the strategic city of Al-Bab in the northeastern part of Aleppo province trying to enter the city from its western flank.

However, the attack ended in a disaster, as militants of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS) managed to conduct a successful counterattack using a VBIED (vehicle borne improvised explosive device) while also putting up fierce resistance to enemy troops. Suffering heavy losses in manpower and losing several armoured vehicles, the troops fighting under ‘Euphrates Shield Operation’ umbrella were forced to retreat.

Turkish Ministry of Defense confirmed loss of 14 soldiers as a result of today’s failed attack. Another 33 servicemen were wounded. In the meantime, no information is currently available about losses in the FSA ranks. Earlier today, ISIS terror group’s media wing, “Aamaq agency”, claimed that more than 50 pro-Turkish fighters were killed as a result of clashes at Al-Bab outskirts.

Below are the pictures taken by ISIS terrorists on the battlefield showing destruction of several Turkish armoured vehicles with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM):

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Besides, “Aamaq agency” has published a video footage of today’s firefights which can be also seen below:

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Janjak Desalin 1804
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One thing, for sure, the ATGM concept is in for an evolutionary generalization as a result of this conflict. I’d expect to see a synthesis of an RPG-29 sized weapon with some sort of guidance, an AAVGM (anti-armored vehicle guided missile). With a range out to 1600 m, nothing but an MBT would be safe.

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Indeed. The Syrian conflict has demonstrated how potent infantry are when armed with powerful and accurate missiles.Especially when fighting in hilly or urban situations.

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Janjak such stuff already exists. Javelin is a good example and no MBT would escape as it strikes from over and it’s fire’n’forget. Range is about 2km. The TOWs you have massively seen are nothing new : they’re on market for 50 years!!!! The fact is just that KSA bought 15,000 of them and gave them to our beloved (irony) takfiri moderate rebels but this is nothing new to use them in such conditions : Egyptians used much smaller in 1973 in the Sinai and you may even have seen SAA using these from time to time, they’re very practical… Read more »

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I was a USMC Dragon AT gunner. As such, these images warm my heart. They look like independent AT team ambushes. Tank-snipers we called ourselves. It’s perplexing to me that vehicle commanders still deploy in exposed positions. Easy pickin’s for a good tank-sniper! Better git hull-down!

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Sean_in_Nyc

At this point in the conflict I have to think that forward units deploy decoy vehicles to lure the ATGM gunners to reveal their positions so airstrikes can be called in to flatten the area before any tanks, APCs reveal themselves. At least, the Syrian units. I suppose the Turks are a little inexperienced outside of counter insugency tactics.

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They just need to buy Trophy from the Israelis then bye bye ATGMs and RPG-7, all will be intercepted…

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You are still confused. Not Israelis, but Israhellis.

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Was in Opération Turquoise in Rwanda, 1st Medical Regiment. Guess why I get mad against all these head choppers…

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Somehow, finding out you helped support the Rwandan Genocide doesn’t surprise me.

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I would never say I will support Daesh, but if they are killing Turks and their useful idiots, it’s absolutely ok.

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Sean_in_Nyc

I assume we only get screenshots because the full video would reveal the actual effectiveness of the attacks, as in _not very_.