On December 12, Syrian security forces discovered an underground tunnel containing more than 20 disassembled anti-aircraft missiles on the Syrian-Jordanian border, southwest of the Nasib crossing, according to the Russian state-run news agency Sputnik.
“The armed groups placed their headquarters and weapons depots on the border area with Jordan,” a security source told Sputnik.
Experts identified the surface-to-air missiles as the Soviet-made V-750 and V-600, which are used in the S-75 and S-125 air defense systems. Dozens of these missiles were stolen by the Free Syrian Army (FSA) from Syrian air defense bases in southern Syria in the period from 2012 to 2014.
In a related development, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) announced that the SAA had uncovered four weapons caches in the eastern and western countryside of Daraa during search operations.
The weapons caches contained the following weapons:
-An Iranian Raad anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launcher and four missile;
-3 Soviet-made Fagot ATGMs;
-1 Soviet-made Konkurs ATGM;
-1 Russian-made Metis-M ATGM;
-Several rounds for the Soviet-made RPG-29 anti-tank weapon;
-A RPO-A thermobaric rocket launcher;
-A RPG-27 anti-tank rocket-propelled grenade;
-Several US-made M72 LAW anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades;
-loads of ammunition and many machine guns of different calibers.
The SAA seized thousands of tons of weapons in southern Syria over the last three months. Most of these weapons were hidden by radical militants and smugglers.