BEIRUT, LEBANON (3:25 P.M.) – Amid ongoing heavy clashes across southeast Idlib province between armed rebel groups and the Syrian Arab Army, a jihadist-commandeered tank has escaped destruction by a matter of inches.
In recent hours, the Ahrar al-Sham jihadist group (Syrian Muslim Brotherhood affiliate) released combat footage captured by the camera on a drone showing one its battle tanks narrowly escaping a direct hit from Syrian Arab Army forces near the town of Atshan in southeast Idlib.
Ahrar al-Sham claims that its battle tank was engaged by a Syrian Army anti-tank guided missile, however given the speed, straightness and impact characteristics of the incoming fire, it appears more likely to have been a round fired from a government tank or recoilless rifle unit.
In any case, the incoming round seems to have missed the jihadist tank by a matter of inches. Considering the rebel tank had its more vulnerable side armor exposed to the shot, a hit may very well have knocked it out.