Rare Syria Video Shows U.S. TOW Missile Hitting Russian Tank

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A video posted to YouTube shows Syrian rebels appearing to have filmed themselves firing a U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missile at a Russian T-90 tank, according to a report in The Washington Post.

The caption of the footage posted on Friday says the TOW strike took place in the Syrian town of Sheikh Aqil, northwest of Aleppo.

The United States has been supplying the aging wire-guided anti-tank missile to CIA-vetted Syrian rebels, and the missiles have popped up since 2014 in the war-torn country. 

The latest video is significant however in that there is very little footage if any of a U.S. TOW going up against one of Russia’s most modern battle tanks. 

A Russian T-90 tank.Credit: Mzajac / Wikimedia Commons

When Russia first began pumping equipment and personnel into northern Syria in September 2015, there were confirmed reports of the T-90s at Russia’s airfield in Latakia, though they were likely only there to defend the airfield. 

Russia has supplied various other types of tanks to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s military. However, the arrival of the T-90s in September was the first shipment of its kind in the almost five year-old war, the newspaper said.

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