The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered several weapon caches during recent search operations in the towns of al-Dumayr and Arbin around the capital of Damascus, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on April 10.
“As a result of security surveillance and search operations, a variety of ammunition and weapons, which had been left behind by terrorist groups, were found,” an officer in the SAA told the SANA’s reporter in Damascus.
The weapons included a Yugoslav-made M79 Osa anti-tank weapon along with dozens of rounds. The weapon has an effective firing range of 350m only.
Large quantities of the M79 Osa were supplied by the U.S. and its allies to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) throughout Syria in 2013. The weapon has proven to be ineffective in combat, as it even failed to penetrate the armour of older T-72 main battle tank models.
Similar to all weapons supplied by the U.S, most of the M79 Osa shipments ended up in the hands of terrorist groups, like the al-Nusra Front and ISIS. The Osa was even used against US-made Abrams main battle tanks in Iraq, according to JANES.
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