BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continues to reinforce western Aleppo Governorate with armored forces; among such units can be found ever-increasing numbers of modern Russian-built T-90 main battle tanks.

Footage has been released by pro-government media showing the daily duties of an SAA T-90 tank crew who reportedly change their firing position on a regular basis in order to reduce the chance of their being hit by missiles from rebel anti-tank teams.

Often it was the case in the past that Syrian Army armor was wastefully knocked out by rebel anti-tank teams due to a given tank remaining static behind a set position for days on end, giving militant scouts time to identify its location, move an anti-tank missile launcher (such as the American-built TOW system) into firing range and engage it.

That such high-quality combat vehicles are being moved towards the west Aleppo front by the SAA also begs the question of whether or not army forces are planning an offensive operation in this region of Syria at some point in the near future.

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