On July 4, the US-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) group Shabab al-Sunnah handed over more heavy weapons to the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the town of Bosra al-Sham in the eastern Daraa countryside, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
The weapons included an upgraded T-55 battle tank, a BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) and a 37 mm automatic air defense gun M1939. Earlier this week, Shabab al-Sunnah handed over a battle tank, two BMP-1 IFVs and a 160mm mortar cannon.
The return of these weapons is a part of a reconciliation agreement between the Damascus government and Shabab al-Sunnah in Bosra al-Sham and several villages around it. The agreement was reached on July 1 following successful negotiation.
In the upcoming days, Shabab al-Sunnah will hand over more weapons, including US-supplies anti-tanks guided missiles (ATGMs), according to Syrian pro-government activists. Eventually, the former US-backed group, which is led by Ahmad al-Awdah, will become a part of the SAA’s 5th Corps and will participated in anti-ISIS operations.