During the evening, a pinpoint TOW missile attack by the Free Syrian Army’s 1st Coastal Division killed 13 and injured 11 of the pro-government National Defence Forces (NDF).

The NDF soldiers became sitting ducks when their commander ordered the unit to regroup after government forces lost control of Tall Haddadeh earlier today.

Footage of the incident is avaliable here:

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daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-19 00:11

TOWs are wire guided through optical targetting. A smoke screen can help a lot to avoid a hit. I suppose some very high luminosity flash-bangs may disturb the shooter too (?). Now there are systems that can shoot such missiles and even a RPG grenade in the air. This has become very usual on israelian military vehicles.

طارق السعدي
طارق السعدي
2016-05-19 00:12

Killing their own country men with a Tow missile,should chant America f*****g Akbar not allaho akbar! terrorist bastareds.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-19 03:52

Not everyone in NATO supports FSA and their islamist alliees; in fact, it’s far from it! Didn’t you noticed that both Erdog and al-Jubeir complained that E.U. wasn’t heping at all and had they done so, Assad would be gone and Zahran Alloush wouldn’t have faced a “tragic” death? BTW, E.U. decreated a bann on weapon sales to Saudi-Arabia and tried to push the US to do so… In fact, some things can’t be said due to economical points or military alliance but in fact, most of E.U./NATO countries, although they’d favour a real democracy, they prefer Assad than any… Read more »

Yus
Yus
2016-05-19 04:48

assad is the real f*****g terrorist

Macdriz6
Macdriz6
2016-05-18 23:58

Looks like 6 syria warjet bombing Rebel terrorist latakia onward SAA

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-19 03:57
Reply to  Macdriz6

As a french, I won’t cry for terrorists 😉

Yus
Yus
2016-05-19 04:46
Reply to  daeshit sucks

assad is f*****g terrorist

Ricardo Ferreira
Ricardo Ferreira
2016-05-19 23:31
Reply to  Yus

AL-Assad is FIGHTING terrorists, and if they(FSA,Nusra,IS,etc) “win”…World be prepared!

Jonathan Richer
Jonathan Richer
2016-05-19 01:02

The only way they’re going to get rid of these TOW missiles is by capturing more and using them.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-19 04:05

Smoke screens REALLY disrupt the sighting : these are old school wire guided stuff, you must keep the target visually aligned from the launcher, there is no thermal sighting and they’re not ‘fire and forget’ stuff. Same thing if the shooter can be temporarily blinded by some intense light or a laser. Some modern tanks like T-90 have an automatic system to detect a launching, but, from a truck like in the video, the guys have to watch everywhere and be ready to lauch a huge smoke screen very fast or… you’ve just seen what happens :/

madeinlondon
madeinlondon
2016-05-19 03:45

Why promote their propaganda videos?

kurton
kurton
2016-05-19 06:08
Reply to  madeinlondon

Nothing without instruction as to what you are watching can be considered propaganda. This is reality.

stein
stein
2016-05-19 12:04

nothing new unfortunately, the NDF suffers high losses from time to time due to very little training, bad/old equipment and as here idiotic decisions from officers who oviously do not have the highest level of competence. But all in all they try their best and do a great job.
Did ‘regroup’ have to mean standing like that in the open without looking out for trouble when they knew the enemy was nearby?
they oviously get no equipment to protect against TOWs.

Maan Al-Radhi
Maan Al-Radhi
2016-05-19 02:25

This is not very true

Bleipriester
Bleipriester
2016-05-19 03:38

It is obvious who is the f*****g sitting ducks, Al-clickbait News. ITS YOU! What you became is zum kotzen.

Nikko Moutafoglou
Nikko Moutafoglou
2016-05-19 05:34

They are not death all. But the army does not learn.
Niko Dietrich

kurton
kurton
2016-05-19 06:04

They lost the hill already after 3 months of reported attempts to take it?! One step forward, two steps backward.