The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) uncovered a number of weapons caches during recent search operations in the western Daraa countryside, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported on May 23. A source in the army told the state-run news agency that the weapons were uncovered in cooperation with the locals.
The weapons caches contained light arms and loads of ammunition, as well as:
- A Soviet-made 9K310 Igla-1 man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADs);
- A Soviet-made 9K32 Strela-2 MANPADs;
- Two Soviet-made RPG-26 anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades;
- At least six rounds for the Yugoslav-made M79 Osa anti-tank weapon.
Some of these weapons, like the Soviet MANPADs, were likely captured from the SAA ammo depots in the early years of the conflict. Other weapons, however, were supplied by the U.S. and its regional allies.
The SAA stepped up its search operations in the southern region recently. Earlier this week, the army seized more than 30 anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs), including U.S.-made TOWs.