Fighters of the Syrian Islamist coalition “Khayat Tahrir al-sham” (HTS) threw the trophy tank T-90 into battle in Idlib with groups associated with “al-Qaeda”. The photo of combat vehicles on the streets appeared on Twitter.
The picture shows a T-90 in 1992, with the modest equipment of all tanks of this model, writes “Rossiyskaya Gazeta”. In addition, inherited the terrorists of the tank is still faulty tower anti-aircraft machine gun mount, the newspaper notes. The car was captured in February of this year the Syrian army was in a failed state.
Now in Idlib, there have been fierce clashes between militants HTS and several groups associated with “al-Qaeda”, reported on 24 June, Al-Masdar News. The latter intend to expel HTS of Idlib and have launched an offensive in the Western part of the city, capturing with the help of significant forces, a prison, a factory and some residential houses. Reported dozens of dead and wounded.
The leading role in the offensive against HTS attributed to two groups — the “Hours ad-DIN” and “Ansar al-Tawhid”. First, according to Al-Masdar News that is mostly run by militants of the Jordanian origin, took part in the fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia and the North Caucasus; in Arabic and English media it is often called “al Qaeda 2.0”. The second was created in 2018 by former members of the group, a breakaway from the “Dzhabhat EN-Nusra.” Both organizations loyal to al-Qaida.
Losing the Syrian military regularly supplied them from Russia T-90. One of these tanks was captured by Pro-Turkish militants in the course of the February battles with the Syrian army and Pro-Turkish militants. In March, the military took it back.
“Hayat Tahrir al-sham”, “al-Qaeda” and “Jabhat EN-Nusra” is recognized in Russia as terrorist organizations and banned.
Video, photo All from Russia.