DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:10 A.M.) – Jaish Al-Issa, a militant group tied to the Free Syrian Army (FSA), published a video on Sunday showing its fighters launching a TOW anti-tank missile towards an advancing T-90 tank, scoring a direct hit in the process.
The incident occurred near the rebel-held town of Maardes which has come under increasing pressure from the Syrian Arab Army’s (SAA) Tiger Forces.
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A batch of upgraded T-90 battle tanks were delivered to the SAA in 2015 while dozens more have arrived in Syria since. The Russian manufactured armored vehicle was developed specifically to deter anti-tank missiles which previous versions had proved vulnerable to.
Yesterday, a T-55 tank was immobilized by a similar TOW missile strike in rural Hama.
In related news, SAA troops posed for pictures in front of scores of dead jihadist militants at the village of Qamhana following a fierce battle today.
North Hama CS
HTS Bodies After Repels the Attack on Syrian Army points in Qamhaneh last night pic.twitter.com/L5L7OFAjEs
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UPDATE: A source told Al-Masdar News that the tank in mention was not a Tiger Forces T-90 tank but rather an upgraded T-62 tank manned by troops of the SAA’s 5th Corps.