SYRIAN ARMY SHOWCASES WESTERN-MADE WEAPONS SEIZED FROM REBELS IN DARAA
DARAA, Syria, The Syrian army showcased Western-made weapons, confiscated from the rebels, during the nearly two-week-long battles in the southern province of Daraa. In the town of Izra’a, the confiscated weapons were put on the ground, where soldiers showed reporters, various types of ammunition.
Among the weapons were U.S.-made TOW missile launchers and other Western-made military gear, including anti-tank launchers, anti-aircraft launchers and mine-sweepers. Some of the weapons were brand new in their boxes, while others have been used.
Additionally, several tanks, seized by the army from the battles were put on display, to prove that the rebels have been heavily backed by Western powers.
A military officer said, the displayed ammunition and weapons are only part of what the rebels had left behind, in the battles of Daraa, mainly in the towns of Ghaliyeh, al-Gharbiyeh, Sora, Alma and Mlaihet al-Atash. “These weapons have exposed their lies, as they are mostly Western-made, including U.S.-made rocket launchers.”
The army in Daraa is fighting various rebel groups, including al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front and militants. The battles in Daraa have lasted nearly two weeks, as part of the army’s resolve, to dislodge the rebels from key province near the Jordanian border and from nearby areas in southern Syria.
So far, the army has succeeded in capturing several towns and villages in eastern Daraa, while managing to enter other towns, without a fight, as some rebel groups accepted reconciliation deals with the government. The deals demanded the rebels hand over their heavy weapons to the army in exchange for a government pardon, for those who abandon insurgency.
However, some ultra-radical groups rejected the reconciliation deal and continued to fight. Activists say, the army’s recent gains in Daraa, either through reconciliations or battles, are estimated to have increased government-controlled areas in Daraa, to 58 percent of the entire province.
Source: Nam News Networkhttps://syrianewsgazette.com/syrian-army-showcases-western-made-weapons-seized-from-rebels-in-daraa-2/National news