The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has uncovered a workshop in the ruins of Abu Abid district in Deir Ezzor city where ISIS terrorists stored, maintained and attempted to develop anti-aircraft missiles and other weapon systems.
The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency shared photos from the workshop, which was abandoned by ISIS terrorists many years ago, on December 26.
Inside the workshop, ISIS terrorists stored a number of Soviet-made MANPADs [man-portable air-defense systems] which were apparently dysfunctional or in need of maintenance. MANPADs launch systems and batteries were also stored there.
Moreover, several Soviet-made anti-aircraft infrared-guided R-13m and R-60 were found in the workshop. ISIS terrorists were apparently attempting to convert these air-to-air missiles, which were most certainly seized from SAA stockpiles, into ground-to-air missiles.
Communication systems, surveillance equipment as well as loads of improvised explosives devices were also found at the workshop.
The systems found at Abu Abid workshop shed light on ISIS very last attempts to develop its air-defense capabilities before its fall.
The SAA and its allies expelled ISIS terrorists from Deir Ezzor city on 3 November 2017 following a fierce battle that lasted for more than two months. To this day, most of the city remains in ruins. The army is still working to clean the city from war remnants.