BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:45 A.M.) – The National Defense Forces (NDF) carried out an ambush in the eastern countryside of Hama on Tuesday, seizing a large supply of weapons destined for Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham militants in western Salamiyah.

According to local sources, the National Defense Forces carried out the ambush at 1:00 A.M. (Damascus Time), killing the drivers of the weapons convoy outside the village of Al-Hart in the Salamiyah countryside.

The Syrian Army reportedly seized a large supply of military and telecommunication equipment during the ambush.

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Among the weapons and telecommunication equipment seized on Tuesday were reconnaissance drones and night vision goggles that were smuggled into Syria from Turkey.

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    • All is fair in love and war. p.s. The West is no better. During WW II the UK blockaded food supplies to Greece that came by ship from foreign countries and put the blame on the German occupants to motivate a Greek partisan war against them. The Germans could not send food – they had no spare food. After the guerrilla war had started, Greek emigrants finally managed to “persuade” the Allies to allow food shipments again. Means after 10 % had starved the Allies had what they wanted and did not need the Greek famine anymore. And now they wanted to supply insurgents and the Greek population with food.

  1. -=== Dears @AMN. Several of your articles in the last days hadn’t the usual “comment box”. Best regards to the staff. DB ===-
    =>Turkish weapons supply
    Did these were just smuggled or was this gear from a depot already in Syria for a while.

    • IMHO the militants are not Western militaries that have abundant stock and can keep it in hold for ages. These are urgent supplies probably in response of the SAA getting and using similar gear. ++++ “reconnaissance drones and night vision goggles” are not available in the local bazaari just across the border – where PKK and Turkish troops play there deadly games of hide and seek – night & day.

      • NVG and drones can easily be bought absolutely legally anywhere in the west. You’ll have an efficient Quadcopter drone for 1200€. Very high end thermal vision (much better than simple light-amplification NVGs, you know, the green night vision) can be bought for 3000 to 6500€ (image in colours!) with range up to 900m and this is civilian gear… Hi-end military stuff can do better. Frankly, even a bi-color thermal vision with 600m range would make your day at night…
        When it comes to stockpiling, well, KSA bought 15,000 TOWs from Raytheon. With their money behind and all that has been also laundered in Qatar + what has been seized either from SAA or in Benghazi, well, think about it : some towns that had been besieged by SAA needed 3-4 years before running out of ammos! Fill a single 2-3 rooms apartment with ammos for AKs and there are enough bullets for supplying a 1000 manpower troop for 4-5 years, you know…

        • Yes – legal in the West but not available across the border. That is where Turks and PKKs have their dates. Maybe You can legally get this gear in Smyrna, Constantinople or Ankara. But IMHO not near Idlib without MIT’s consent. That KSA bought something and has stockpiles does not mean these warehouses were in Syria. Even I know AK ammon is small and costs when bought as bulk only ca. 0.2 €uro a shot. But a 3 room apartment full of TOWS costs a fortune & they are not stored in Syria for years. p.s. Besieged towns in Syria got almost anything still delivered. Syrian government till long into the war supplied food/flour even to rebel areas. According to Jusha Landis blog. So IMHO there was chance to smuggle. As a Sunni with clean records You could move around freely even across SAA rebel borders. At least until a year ago when the people I know came here. Non Sunni were in danger in rebel areas.

          • “only ca. 0.2 €uro a shot”
            => Life’s very cheap!
            “But a 3 room apartment full of TOWS costs a fortune”
            => To my knowledge, ‘tmust be around 15k$ per missile and about 1.1-1.2M$ per launcher. Kornet must be about the same pricing (?)

          • A fortune and a half of capital that is not stored in Syria for years. The locals would squander it on enemy cars and infantry anyway. p.s Seen a video recently where they went with them after a group of 5 carrying shopping bags not military gear.

    • And some NATO countries send weapons with designation on it? =>p.s. They come from big dumps and nobody cares to remove stickers, stamps or flags. It is no national secret anyway. BTW. Only Lebanon and Turkey can be the source – according to my maps of Hama.

      • All GCC make their weapon-shopping from NATO countries. It’s an open secret that most of the funding of the operation comes from KSA and Qatar. Turkey is also a VERY BIG arms builder, they’re probably in Top-5 or not far (6th? 7th?), thus, KSA even buys from… Russia or China when US refuse to sell them some gear (i.e. their ballistic missiles are DF-12 Dong Feng).
        Who produced the gear is irrelevant, hey, everybody has Kalashnikovs!
        What is important is who paid for this and who smuggled it…
        Anyway, only 1 person on 12 on Earth are armed, the problem is… How to arm the eleven others 😀 (quote from the movie “The Lord of War”). LOL!!!!

        • Yes. Absolutely who pays is essential – only. The suppliers (except for very high quality gear like French planes or German tanks) are exchangeable. p.s. Yes 11 are not armed and they are likely abiding the law. So let us arm them. “The Lord of Peace”).

  2. Siempre dije Erdogan y sus terroristas no hay confianza, su objetivo acabar con gobierno Sirio y los Kurdos… El ejercito Sirio debe expulsar del norte de Alepo a los terroristas Turcos que quieren tomar Al-Bab.

  3. Not necessarily anything to do with Turkey. Anyone can pack things into bags with Turkey flag on it. I could do it in my living-room. But good job they got the equipment wherever it came from.

  4. Go ahead Syria buy time in talks while getting the SAA do the job on the ground. their dirty war needs dirty tricks to foil their plans. show up in the east and hit in the south and so on till you decimate all terror groups including their western advisers.