Syrian security forces had uncovered a number of weapons caches in recent search operations in the southern region, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported on August 5.
A security source told the state-run agency that the caches had contained a number of assault rifles, heavy machine guns, hundreds of rocket-propelled grenades and more than 180,000 rounds of the 12,7 and 14,5 mm calibers.
Security forces also uncovered dozens of smoke and bang grenades, which were made in the U.S. as well as a number of Israeli-made anti-personnel mines.
Most of these weapons were supplied by the U.S. and its allies as a part of a secret operation to equip rebel groups in Syria. The operation, codenamed “Timber Sycamore”, was authorized by former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2013. President Donald Trump halted the operation when he came to power.
Syrian security forces and the Syrian Arab Army are conducting search operations in the southern governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra on a regular basis. Loads of U.S.-supplied weapons were seized over the last year.