BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – Syrian Arab Army troops continue to discover untold numbers of weapons in the recently liberated city of Al-Mayadeen. The weapons are of almost every type imaginable and appear to be in plentiful enough quantity to outfit an entire division.
In the words of the top commander for the Syrian Army’s elite Tiger Forces, Suheil al-Hassan, “we [the Syrian Army] will need no less than six days to remove all the items that IS militants left behind [in Al-Mayadeen] before fleeing.”
The general’s words are by no means far-fetched as some 10 days after liberating Al-Mayadeen, Syrian troops in the city continue to discover new stockpiles of weapons.
Among the loot are assault rifles, medium and heavy machine guns, mortars and their ammunition, communication devices of various types, drones, heavy howitzers and dozens of armored personnel carriers and battle tanks.
Suheil al-Hassan has noted that some of the captured weapons belong to NATO member state nations such as United States, United Kingdom and Belgium and include, for example, a 155 mm howitzer of British design.
The capture of these weapons represents one of the greatest war loots ever achieved by any side of the war in Syria and is rivaled in regional terms perhaps only by the Islamic State’s capture of Mosul’s arsenals in June 2014 – some of those weapons now being in the hands of the Syrian Army following the Al-Mayadeen campaign.