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In Video: Syrian Army T-72B3 Hunts Militants In Ma`arat al-Nu`man

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On January 26, pro-government activists shared a video of a Syrian T-72B3 battle tank targeting the city of Ma`arat al-Nu`man in southeast Idlib.

The video shows the tank’s crew tracking and targeting several militants as they move in the eastern and southeastern districts of the city.


The T-72B3 is an upgraded variant of the T-72B. The battle tank is equipped with the Sosna-U multichannel gunner’s sight, a new digital VHF radio, an improved autoloader and a 2A46M-5 gun to accommodate new ammunition. Russia supplied several tanks of this type to Syria over the last few years.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) reached the outskirt of Ma`arat al-Nu`man late on January 25, after liberating the towns of Ma’ar Shamshah and Talmenes. Army troops are now less than 700 meters away from the city’s center.

Ma`arat al-Nu`man, the biggest urban center in southeast Idlib, is the main target of the army’s large-scale operation in the region. The city controls the strategic M5 highway, which links the capital, Damascus, with the country’s industrial hub, Aleppo city.

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