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Al-Qaeda Terrorists Shell Syrian Army Positions With New Improvised Truck-Mounted Cannon (Photos, Video)

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Ansar al-Tawhid, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated group in Greater Idlib, announced on July 12 that its fighters had shelled several Syrian Army (SAA) positions near Abu Duhur airbase in southeastern Idlib with a new cannon, dubbed “Ansar-1.”

Photos of the supposedly local cannon reveal that it is a Soviet-made U-5TS 115mm smoothbore tank gun mounted on a Ural-4320 6×6 truck.

Al-Qaeda Terrorists Shell Syrian Army Positions With New Improvised Truck-Mounted Cannon (Photos, Video)

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The U-5TS, which has an effective range of around 2,000m, is the main gun of the T-62 battle tank. Ansar al-Tawhid’s terrorists likely salvaged the gun from a heavily damaged T-62.

On July 14, the terrorist group released a short video of its improvised cannon in action. The video shows the cannon’s strong recoil, which could lead to significant decrease in accuracy.

Ansar al-Tawhid is a part of the so called “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room, a coalition of al-Qaeda-affiliated factions. The coalition attacks SAA positions around Greater Idlib on a regular basis.

The Ansar-1 improvised cannon is an example of how these terrorist groups are attempting to maximize their fire power with their very limited resources.

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Al-Qaeda Terrorists Shell Syrian Army Positions With New Improvised Truck-Mounted Cannon (Photos, Video)

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Al-Qaeda Terrorists Shell Syrian Army Positions With New Improvised Truck-Mounted Cannon (Photos, Video)

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Al-Qaeda Terrorists Shell Syrian Army Positions With New Improvised Truck-Mounted Cannon (Photos, Video)

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Al-Qaeda Terrorists Shell Syrian Army Positions With New Improvised Truck-Mounted Cannon (Photos, Video)

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  • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

    As much as I hate those Turk’s mercenary allies (aka “terrorists”), credit where credit is due, that is a pretty neat improvisation. Although the recoil could be reduced considerably with a good muzzle brake and a hydraulic recoil return.

    • National Pride

      It doesn’t really take a lot of brainpower to bolt a gun to the back of a truck.

      • SFC Steven M Barry USA RET

        I find the “technicals” interesting.

      • Dicksonrp

        As a goyims serving US serviceman, it does not take a lot of brain to comment and move up the ranks in the US military

    • Bill Wilson

      Since the cannon has no transverse, the crew can fire the gun with the transmission in neutral so the entire truck can absorb the recoil.

  • Eskandar Black

    Nifty, its time for russians to up their game and supply some more kornets to the Syrian army, bring this monkey show to an end.

    • occupybacon

      If they asked you from the beginning, the war was won by now.

      • Eskandar Black

        What your point donkey balls?

        • occupybacon

          Russians made a crucial mistake, not asking you to up their game and supply some more kornets to the Syrian army.

          • Eskandar Black

            you should write Putin a letter, i am not interested in an internet bitch so bug someone else.

          • occupybacon

            What do you mean, President Putin is a bitch?

          • Eskandar Black

            No, i mean you are a bitch, and I am not interested in playing footsie with you so fuck off.

          • occupybacon

            No I’m just curious about how you would win the war if you were the Russians

          • Eskandar Black

            Yeah, but i don’t care about you

          • occupybacon

            I know but you care on how Russians should use your master strategist mind to win the war

          • Eskandar Black

            But your assumption is that anyone is interested in discussing my master strategies with you. off with you irrelevant one.

          • occupybacon

            But the Russians are reading what you write here, it would be a great opportunity for them to be inspired by your brilliant ideas

          • Eskandar Black

            But why are you involved in the Russians being inspired/uninspired by my comments? your contribution to me is the same as acne for a teenager. At best, you are an annoying pest, in the worst, you actually realize the effectiveness of large scale deployment of kornets would shred jihadists like a lawnmower on a football pitch but continue to post stupidity. So, other than your petulance, what do you bring to the conversation

          • occupybacon

            I’m just cheering your strategic ideas in hope Putin is reading the comments

          • Eskandar Black

            oh, well cheer silently.

          • occupybacon

            Ok come with new ones

          • Eskandar Black
          • occupybacon

            What can I say, I’m a fan of military geniuses

  • John Wallace

    Love their music.

  • 1eeripsa

    Kornet ATGM incoming soon…