The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) killed an infamous TOW anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) operator of the National Front for Liberation (NFL) during the ongoing clashes in the northern Hama countryside.
Pro-government sources said that Ahmed Qutaish was trying to target SAA vehicles in northern Hama when army units hit his position, killing him and destroying his TOW launcher. Qutaish was reportedly one of the best ATGM operators in the NFL.
The last few weeks witnessed an extensive use of ATGMs by the NFL, that targeted the army battle tanks, vehicles and positions to support the repeated attacks by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
According to a recent report by the Reuters news agency, Turkey has supplied its proxies in northern Syria with loads of ATGMs, including US-made TOW missiles, in order to stop any advance by the SAA.
Despite this Turkish support, the rate of ATGM strikes decreased over the last week. This indicates that the SAA is handling this threat more or less efficiently.