DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:25 P.M.) – Hours ago, rebel forces retook the town of Maardes in a localised northern Hama counter-offensive launched exclusively by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), considered a tacit Al-Qaeda franchise group.

Newly released HTS footage reveals that the jihadist faction began its Maardes assault with preemptive shelling before unleashing armored vehicles and technicals on the town which rather astonishly has changed hands six times since September, 2016.

Notably, rebel forces also deployed their only T-90 tank, proving it to be alive and kicking:

The Russian-manufactured T-90 tank in mention was famously captured by the US-backed Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki group in Aleppo on July 10 last year before being handed over to the Al-Qaeda affiliated Syrian faction little more than a week later.

Despite losing control of Maardes, the SAA’s Tiger Forces are now regrouping on the perimeter of the northern Hama town in a bid to retake it in the coming hours.

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I saw a tank firing from video and view of the interior of tank. How can you determine if T 90 from interior pictures. The interior was not impressive nor modern so how can it be identified as T 90 from the interior.

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stop this bs with t90. it is clear they cant operate the gun

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This only shows that they made the T-90 roadworthy. SAA crew threw grenades inside the tank and destroyed optics. All systems are out. IMHO, it’s used by the field commander as it has better armour than anything else they have but using it for battle purposes is simply impossible until they get spare parts from Russia or another country that is a T-90 user. Seems even the turret is blocked as I have the impression it’s still on the same position it was in its last apparition and I don’t feel India, Algeria or Peru accepting to help Nusra, especially… Read more »