On October 3, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered several weapons caches during search operations in the newly liberated areas in the governorates of Hama, al-Suwayda and Deir Ezzor, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).
“The authorities continued to secure areas, which had been cleared of terrorism, in northern Hama, eastern al-Suwayda and eastern Deir al-Ezzor in order to remove booby-traps and uncover the caves and fortifications of the terrorists,” the SANA’s reporter said.
The weapon caches included:
- Eight Bulgarian-mad Fagot anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and a launcher;
- A Soviet-made Malyutka ATGM;
- Several Russian-made MRO-A and RPO-A thermobaric rocket launchers;
- Several French-made SNEB unguided rockets;
- Several US-made M72 LAW anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades;
- Several Russian-made RPG-22 and RPG-18 anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades;
- Several rounds for the Czechoslovakian-made RPG-75 anti-tank weapon;
- Loads of ammunition and many machine guns of different calibers.
These weapons were supplied by the U.S. and its allies, mainly Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups in northern and southern Syria. Most of these weapons found a way to the hands of radical groups such as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) in northern Hama and ISIS in eastern al-Suwayda and eastern Deir Ezzor.