On November 17, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) discovered a weapon cache during a search operation in the districts of Babbila and Yalda south of the Syrian capital of Damascus.
“We found a variety of weapons in a position of the terrorists who withdraw to Idlib … the terrorists were planning to recover these weapons later,” an officer in the SAA told the Syrian state TV.
The weapons cache contained at least one US-made TOW anti-tank guided missile (ATGM), several rounds of the RPG-29 anti-tank weapon, an AGS-17 30mm grenade launcher, several RPG-7 launchers, several assault rifles and loads of ammunition of different calibers.
The TOW was used by militants in eastern Damascus before. However, this is the first time when the US-made weapon was spotted south of the city, where militants of the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), and ISIS had been stationed.
The SAA carried out dozens of search operations in the newly-liberated areas around Damascus over the last few months in order to improve security in the strategic city.