Terrorist groups in Syria said on Wednesday they have received large cargoes of TOW missiles supplied by the Qatari government.
Militant groups said that Qatar has delivered 20 American TOW missiles to the Al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, the Al-Nusra Front to help the embattled terrorist group that has been sustaining heavy defeats in the war with the Syrian army and its allies across the country, specially in Northern provinces.
Meantime, other terrorist groups have also been reported to have received similar cargoes in a bid to intensify campaign against the Syrian government and stop the advances of the Syrian army and its allies before the next round of Syria talks.
The terrorist groups have been retreating in several provinces, including Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama, Homs, Damascus and Daraa in the last two months, giving President Bashar al-Assad an upper hand in any talks with international actors and opposition groups.
Ever since the recent defeats, the sponsors of militant groups have boosted their supply aids to reverse or, at least, stop the trend of the Syrian army victories.
In mid October, a Saudi official announced that his country has supplied the militants in Syria with a new batch of TOW antitank missiles as the Syrian army forces backed by Russian warplanes continue to gain ground in the Arab country.
BBC correspondent Frank Gardner tweeted that a Saudi official confirmed the delivery of 500 TOW antitank missiles to the so-called Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The delivery of the TOW missiles — which have also been provided by the CIA — will allegedly increase the capabilities of the militants.
TOW missiles, as Popular Mechanics notes, are guided missiles that could thoroughly damage tanks, armored carriers, and other vehicles. And, unlike other projectiles used against armored targets, such as RPGs, TOW missiles can be used from a considerable distance.
Then one month later in mid November, the Al-Nusra Front Takfiri terrorists posted a video on the Internet to thank the so-called moderate terrorist group, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), for supplying them with the US-made anti-tank TOW missiles.
The video shows an Al-Nusra Front field commander thanking the FSA commanders for giving his forces TOW missiles.
For several months, the Al-Nusra Front and the FSA have colluded together at almost every single battle in Aleppo, Lattakia, Hama, and Idlib Governorates of Syria and they formed an alliance of the militant groups known as Jeish al-Fath (Army of Conquest).
Thru Jeish Al-Fath, several militant groups like Al-Nusra Front and the Ahrar al-Sham movement have been given access to FSA’s US-made heavy weaponries that have been supplied to the militant group by the US, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Al-Nusra Front and the Free Syrian Army are very close to each other as they coordinate on the battlefield and share the same trenches; they even share control over the villages they capture together.
The Russian fighter jets’ continued operations against the terrorist positions across the coastal province of Lattakia in November led to the killing of Basel Zimmo (Abu Hamza) a senior commander known as the King of US TOW antitank missiles along with 40 other militants in an airstrike.
The Russian warplanes targeted the hideout of the militant commanders in Jabal al-Akrad area by several missiles, in which at least 40 terrorists were killed and many others were injured.
Abu Hamza, a defected captain and Chief of Staff of Coastal Division, was trained by the US forces in Turkey to operate the US-made antitank missiles against the government forces in Syria.
Zimmo targeted many army tanks in Syria by TOW missiles and trained many militants to work with the TOW missiles.