Al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria flaunts U.S.-made TOW missiles

The Caucasus Emirate in Syria’s picture on Twitter. It shows the al-Qaeda-affiliated-group possessing a U.S.-made BGM-71 anti-tank missile. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)

The Caucasus Emirate in Syria, an al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group, recently released photos on Twitter showing them possessing a U.S.-made BGM-71 anti-tank missile.

In one Twitter picture, a militant was seen holding a small black sign with the group’s in Russian while an anti-tank missile is seen in the background.

The photograph was posted by a fighter named Abu Muslim last month on Twitter, with accompanying comments alluding to an attack on an airbase held by the Assad regime near Aleppo, using the missiles.

The al-Qaeda militants could have seized these weapons from Syrian rebels armed and backed by the United States.

Recently, al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, al-Nusra Front detained several members of Division 30, a group believed to have been trained by U.S.-backed forces, including its commander Col. Nadim al-Hassan.

In February, Turkey and the United States signed an agreement to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group. However, the U.S. has armed moderate Syrian rebels for some time.

The Washington Post, citing U.S. officials and Syrian figures, reported in 2013 that the CIA had begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:45 - GMT 06:45