BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:55 A.M.) – The Syrian Army will most likely raise a new armored brigade with heavy weapons recently acquired from surrendered rebel forces in Syria’s eastern Qalamoun region.
As video evidence shows, the Syrian Army has come into possession of dozens of armored vehicles – most of them main battle tanks – that are, for the most part, in very good condition.
Indeed, not only was such a great quantity of armored assets captured, but also a considerable amount of spare parts and sub-systems (engines, tracks, cannons, etc) necessary to keep such heavy equipment fully operational in the field.
Finally, it is important to note that key support vehicles – including Shilka self-propelled guns and tracked recovery vehicles – were also reclaimed in addition to dozens of main battle tanks, these representing organic support assets which need to exist within any armored detachment larger than a battalion.
Thus accounting for the fact that almost a brigade’s worth of armor (as far as wartime standards are concerned) has been captured in good condition along with plenty of spare parts and that support vehicles are among the seizure, it is hard to see that the newly acquired weapons will be dispersed among other units.
Instead it appears that the loot is ‘whole’ enough (so to speak) to raise a new formation entirely – something that the Syrian Army may very well do as part of an ongoing effort to buttress its forces in central Syria.