BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:07 P.M.) – After knocking-out a Syrian Arab Army (SAA) T-72 tank yesterday, and a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle two days before that in the exact same location, the Islamist rebels of Faylaq al-Rahman who operate TOW missiles in this sector of the Jobar front (possibly near the M-5 Highway overpass, see previous articles) continue to get tempted by government armour; now, however, the SAA appears to be playing a game of chicken with the rebel anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) team.
In video footage only just uploaded in recent hours, the aforementioned AGTM-operating rebels of Faylaq al-Rahman have attempted to claim a third video-witnessed kill on SAA armour by targeting a government BMP-1 as it comes into their line-of-sight on an opposing ridge. Almost immediately after the rebels fire their TOW, the SAA infantry fighting vehicle begins to reserve its path and the rebel missile misses its mark.
Whether the rebel TOW team attempted to predict the path of the BMP-1 and failed to correct course in time, or some kind of mechanical failure occurred, the guided missile missed its mark by an embarrassingly wide margin.
However, one thing is for certain, and that is that the SAA infantry fighting vehicle in the video quickly reacted to the missile launch by reversing course.
This may indicate that the SAA, weary of the dangers awaiting its armour in this specific sector of the Jobar front, is now attempting to scout out the position of the rebel TOW team by enticing them to fire-off missiles before retreating to cover.
This kind of tactical baiting is by no means uncommon in warfare and is known to include the use of armour as a means to reveal hidden ATGM teams.