Turkish-backed militants continue to use U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles (ATGMs) against the U.S.-allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Syria.
On December 10, the Hawar News Agency shared a video showing the remains of a TOW ATGM. They were found near the town of Ain Issa in the northern countryside of Raqqa.
The missile was launched by militants of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) at a post of the SDF near the M4 highway, to the north of Ain Issa. The incident took place during the last round of escalation around Ain Issa, which resulted in an agreement to expand Syrian military presence in the town.
Turkish-backed militants have been using TOW ATGMs against the SDF for a while. This type of the ATGM was intensively used by the SNA during Operation Peace Spring in northeastern Syria last year.
Hundreds of TOW ATGMs were supplied by the U.S. as a part of the covert operation, condemned “Timber Sycamore,” to train and equip anti-government groups in Syria. Loads of these advanced missiles ended up in the hands of Turkish-backed groups.
While these missiles were intended to be used against Syrian government forces, many of them found their way to the hands of terrorist groups, including ISIS. The rest are now apparently being used against the U.S. main ally in Syria, the SDF.
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