Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its allies used Turkish-made weapons in their recent large-scale attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in southeast Idlib.
The attack was launched on November 30 by a coalition of HTS, Turkish-backed groups and al-Qaeda factions. Within a few hours, the terrorists managed to capture the towns of Sarjah, Ejaz, Rasm al-Ward and Istablat.
Photos released by HTS’ news network, Iba’a, show the terrorist group’s militants shelling SAA positions in southeast Idlib with a Turkish-made HY-12 mortar.
The HY-12 is a licensed copy of the French MO-120-RT [Mortier de 120mm Rayé Tracté Modèle F1] manufactured by Turkey’s MKEK. The 120mm mortar has a range of more than 8km and can fire 6-10 rounds per minute.
In other photos, HTS’ militants and their comrades of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) can be seen armed with the Turkish-made HAR-66 anti-tank weapon. The HAR-66 is a copy of the U.S. M72 LAW.
Beside using Turkish-made weapons, the terrorist groups launched their attack a few kilometers away from a Turkish observation point in southeast Idlib.
The SAA is now carrying out a counter-attack to recapture the towns it lost. Intense Syrian and Russian airstrikes are targeting terrorist group’s equipment and personnel in southeast Idlib.