What effective weapons does the Syrian army use against militants in Idlib


In Syria, fighting continues for Idlib. Both sides - militants and Syrian government troops - use a wide variety of weapons, but some of them are most effective in crowded cities and settlements.


Idlib is a fairly populated governorate by Syrian standards. At least that was before the Civil War, which led to the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees from the country. The population of Idlib governorate in 2010 amounted to more than 1,5 million people, which is not so small for Syria, in which only 17 million people were living at that time.

A large number of civilians, the availability of infrastructure facilities - all these circumstances significantly complicate the use of air and missile attacks in Idlib. No, they are, of course, applied aviation government troops on the positions of the militants, but the destruction and human casualties are causing accusations against Damascus from Turkey, the United States and Western European countries.

In the context of the fighting in Idlib, both the Syrian government forces and the militants and the Turkish army are actively using Tanks and armored vehicles. As practice shows, the tanks proved to be good in battles for the settlements of this Syrian province. The main tanks used by the Syrian Arab army: T-72 and T-90. At one time, the Syrian armed forces occupied sixth place in the world in the number of tanks. Of course, now this is far from the case, but the tanks continue to play a very significant role in the Syrian civil war.


Thanks to the power of tanks, Syrian units easily carry barricades and barriers that militants build on the streets of cities and rural settlements. Tanks easily overcome obstacles, crushing the enemy’s resistance.

However, tank units also suffer high losses. The militants manage to act effectively against tanks, using cross-country vehicles with machine guns and anti-tank missile systems mounted on them. Thanks to the anti-tank systems, militants regularly knock out tanks of government troops. So, for all the years of the Syrian war, the army of Bashar al-Assad lost at least 2037 units of armored vehicles, and it is tanks that make up the bulk of the losses.


Machine gun pickups - modern carts, efficient weapon. They are widely used in many local conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. At one time, it was Toyota’s SUVs delivered by France that helped the underdeveloped Chad repel the invasion of the Libyan armed forces superior in many respects. Chadian-Libyan conflict 1986-1987 it was not for nothing that they called the Toyota War, the role of the mobile groups moving in jeeps with machine guns and anti-tank systems was so significant.

Syrian government forces seized 11 tanks, 9 armored personnel carriers and 62 pickup trucks with weapons mounted on the retreating fighters in Idlib. High mobility, fast speed, the ability to maneuver on the streets of eastern cities make these cars an unrivaled weapon of both insurgent groups and government forces.


Now the advancing government troops are using tanks, artillery, and those same machine gun pickups against militants. It turns out, as we see, pretty good. It is no accident that Turkey first threw tanks and armored vehicles at Idlib, realizing that in the Syrian climate and landscape it is the most effective weapon.

Army artillery, including mortars, is no less important and no less effective in battles for Idlib. The most advanced mortars that are now being used against illegal groups are the 120 mm 2B11. This is the basis of the towed Sled complex. The maximum firing range is 7 m, rate of fire - 100 rounds per minute.

In addition to mortars, 152 mm 2A65 Msta-B howitzers are actively used. They were delivered by Russia during the Civil War and have proven themselves well in the battles for Palmyra. The main advantage of 2A65 is high firing accuracy, which is very important in urban and rural areas.


The howitzers have a rate of fire of 7 rounds per minute, and a firing range of almost 29 kilometers. Due to the high accuracy of the fire, high-explosive and cumulative shells hit the militants and their objects located at a considerable distance from the positions of the Syrian army.

But air support also plays a role. If it weren’t for the Russian Aerospace Forces, then the Syrian government forces in the battles for Idlib would have been much harder. It is likely that they would not have been able to achieve the successes that we can observe today.
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  1. bessmertniy 10 February 2020 06: 29 New
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    It is noticeable that technique is key. It is interesting what the corresponding losses during the same time were for the militants opposing the Syrian army. what
    1. rocket757 10 February 2020 06: 52 New
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      It is noticeable that good armament in sufficient quantities effectively helps troops with a HIGH MORAL SPIRIT AND WILL TO VICTORY, smash any enemy.
      It is impossible to win without one or the other ... yes, military training, at the proper level, is also important.
    2. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 07: 16 New
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      Quote: bessmertniy
      It is noticeable that technique is key. It is interesting what the corresponding losses during the same time were for the militants opposing the Syrian army. what

      How do you count them?
      1. novel66 10 February 2020 07: 46 New
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        Syrian motives ... for a dear friend - it’s the turn from the DShK! healthy hi
        1. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 07: 47 New
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          Quote: novel xnumx
          Syrian motives ... for a dear friend - it’s the turn from the DShK! healthy hi

          And the longer the better
          Hey Ya fellow hi
          1. novel66 10 February 2020 07: 48 New
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            there’s nothing to overheat the barrel - just as much as you need!
            1. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 07: 49 New
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              Quote: novel xnumx
              there’s nothing to overheat the barrel - just as much as you need!

              So many of them. Of all the cracks climb
              1. novel66 10 February 2020 07: 51 New
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                each in a pool, 12.7 enough
                1. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 07: 53 New
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                  Quote: novel xnumx
                  each in a pool, 12.7 enough

                  Ideally, one for two.
                  This hedgehog crowd trample laughing
                  1. novel66 10 February 2020 07: 54 New
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                    if in orderly rows - then one in ten! lol
                    1. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 07: 59 New
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                      Quote: novel xnumx
                      if in orderly rows - then one in ten! lol

                      No, do not go in rows. They were not trained in drill training.
                      Current crowd
                      1. novel66 10 February 2020 08: 11 New
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                        disgrace !! these American instructors - they are that without drill training soldiers are allowed into battle ... imperfections !!
                      2. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 08: 14 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        these American instructors - they are that without drill training soldiers are allowed into battle ... imperfections !!

                        Duc does not translate combat charter from Aglitsky into Arabic
                      3. novel66 10 February 2020 08: 17 New
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                        stick in the snout once - and understand. there are no ensigns
                      4. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 08: 22 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        . there are no ensigns

                        Like ours, no. This is a unique product. Elite laughing
                      5. novel66 10 February 2020 08: 43 New
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                        and they were going to fight with us ????? request
                      6. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 08: 51 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        and they were going to fight with us ?????

                        Half-wits request
                      7. novel66 10 February 2020 10: 11 New
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                        Half-wits

                        imperfections! lol
                      8. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 10: 14 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        imperfections!

                        They would have more elder skakuasa laughing
                      9. novel66 10 February 2020 10: 42 New
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                        yeah, a capter. no pants left
                      10. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 10: 45 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        . no pants left

                        And without gas to their "carts" laughing
                        Roman, "friend" woke up, flew to minus everything laughing
                        Immediately stank laughing
                      11. novel66 10 February 2020 10: 56 New
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                        well let him
                      12. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 11: 01 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        well let him

                        Yes, even so urinate in the eyes, you still won’t get laughing
                        Another one will be tightened. they go to stink a couple laughing
                      13. novel66 10 February 2020 11: 05 New
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                        and we are their bubi !!!
                      14. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 11: 07 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        and we are their bubi !!!

                        Yes, at least once to see the face, but in a tambourine laughing
                      15. novel66 10 February 2020 11: 09 New
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                        are you going to shaman?
                      16. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 11: 14 New
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                        Quote: novel xnumx
                        are you going to shaman?

                        Yes, I'm not going to. So, thoughts are a rumor
  • Same lech 10 February 2020 06: 46 New
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    Pickups with machine guns - modern carts, effective weapons.

    Barrage artillery fire will make them a sieve.
    What remains after that will be turned into iron trash turntables.
    For guerrilla warfare, these carts are good ... but they are useless against a regular army.
    1. Lipchanin 10 February 2020 07: 18 New
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      Quote: The same Lech
      For guerrilla warfare, these carts are good ..

      So they do not attack.
      High mobility, fast speed, ability to maneuver on the streets of eastern cities make these cars an unrivaled weapon
    2. Butchcassidy 10 February 2020 07: 46 New
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      Barrage artillery fire will make them a sieve.
      What remains after that will be turned into iron trash turntables.
      For guerrilla warfare, these carts are good ... but they are useless against a regular army.


      Why are they useless? With the installation of anti-tank systems on them are very useful, hence the serious losses of Syria in technology
      1. Same lech 10 February 2020 07: 54 New
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        With the installation of anti-tank systems on them are very useful, hence the serious losses of Syria in technology

        The main thing here is to covertly approach the position of the strike smile if the enemy discovers the location of such an installation, nothing prevents to cover this position with mortars ... the range is not large, you do not need to bother much.
  • Pecheneg 10 February 2020 06: 52 New
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    With weapons, more or less understandable. It would be better to cover the various tactical methods of warfare of all parties involved in the conflict. Especially about the new methods of warfare. I think this is much more interesting.
    1. Same lech 10 February 2020 07: 07 New
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      Especially about the new methods of warfare. I think this is much more interesting.

      It is especially interesting how the fortified area is opened.
      Jihad mobile + tank + a pair of three carts with Allahakbar.
      Before the assault starts, a drone is launched ... the jihad mobile is the first ... it breaks a passage in the fortification ... then a tank bursts in and behind the infantry, Allah Akbarovtsev ... in general, the tactics are not new.
      1. riwas 10 February 2020 07: 55 New
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        I think that we also need to have a remotely controlled armored cheap weapon with a very powerful Jihad mobile charge. History knows quite a few such developments in Nazi Germany Goliath and Sd.Kfz.301, Great Panjandrum in England, and in the USSR the TT-26 remote-controlled tank was developed under the code “Titan”. On the eve of the war, 56 units were manufactured. One of the modifications based on the TT-27 wedge was capable of carrying a TNT charge of up to 500 kilograms with a fuse delay of up to 15 minutes. The TT-27 drove the device to enemy targets and retreated to a safe distance. A pilot batch of TT-27, controlled by wires, was successfully used to break the Mannerheim line.
        Already during the Second World War, engineer and inventor Alexander Kazantsev created a self-propelled mine ET-1-627. Mines were released in small numbers and played a role in breaking the blockade of Leningrad, but did not receive further distribution.
        1. Pecheneg 10 February 2020 09: 35 New
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          A kind of firewall
    2. Paul Siebert 10 February 2020 10: 18 New
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      It would be better to illuminate the various tactics of warfare

      Look at the Syrian chronicles on YouTube: the operator is hiding behind the building, a tank slowly creeps past him. Behind the tank, SAA fighters dressed in what are minding. Every tenth in the head has a helmet. This one is clearly "in authority."
      After a minute, the commander appears in fashion unloading. He has a walkie-talkie in his hand. He cheerfully gestures and scares the eyes of his subordinates. Fighters look down at their berets and sneakers.
      The tank gives in gas, and, poisoning the infantry with black exhausts, it rushes into the nearest olive grove. Pekhtura frantically runs after him.
      After another minute, the lines begin to chatter in the grove and an explosion is heard.
      The commander’s walkie-talkie comes to life, he listens to the report and, with a white-toothed smile, turns to the operator - shows his “victorious” fingers spread.
      The victory is won!
      Here is a short scenario of tactics of the Syrian war on YouTube. wink
      1. Nikolai Grek 10 February 2020 17: 52 New
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        Quote: Paul Siebert
        It would be better to illuminate the various tactics of warfare

        Look at the Syrian chronicles on YouTube: the operator is hiding behind the building, a tank slowly creeps past him. Behind the tank, SAA fighters dressed in what are minding. Every tenth in the head has a helmet. This one is clearly "in authority."
        After a minute, the commander appears in fashion unloading. He has a walkie-talkie in his hand. He cheerfully gestures and scares the eyes of his subordinates. Fighters look down at their berets and sneakers.
        The tank gives in gas, and, poisoning the infantry with black exhausts, it rushes into the nearest olive grove. Pekhtura frantically runs after him.
        After another minute, the lines begin to chatter in the grove and an explosion is heard.
        The commander’s walkie-talkie comes to life, he listens to the report and, with a white-toothed smile, turns to the operator - shows his “victorious” fingers spread.
        The victory is won!
        Here is a short scenario of tactics of the Syrian war on YouTube. wink

        with all your irony, with the help of our videoconferencing, they liberated vast territories !!! request soldier
        1. Paul Siebert 10 February 2020 19: 34 New
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          with all your irony, with the help of our videoconferencing, they liberated vast territories !!! request soldier

          Yes, they will release Idlib, be sure!
          You just have to smile sometimes! We win after all! fellow
          1. Nikolai Grek 10 February 2020 19: 42 New
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            Quote: Paul Siebert
            You just have to smile sometimes!

            I think this is not a good occasion ... everything is moving too hard and bloody ... including with our losses !!!
            Quote: Paul Siebert
            We win after all!

            but this can be restrainedly rejoiced !! drinks
  • sen
    sen 10 February 2020 07: 26 New
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    Thanks to the anti-tank systems, militants regularly knock out tanks of government troops.

    Why in Syria do not want to put DZ on old tanks?
    After all, there are developments.
    https://army-news.ru/2019/05/modifikacii-tankov-t-54-55-etalon-mirovogo-tankostroeniya/
  • Zaurbek 10 February 2020 09: 16 New
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    And also the training of the military and the formation of stable military formations from them
  • svp67 10 February 2020 10: 17 New
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    The main tanks used by the Syrian Arab army: T-72 and T-90.
    And right after this statement, a photo of the T-62 tank at the firing position ... Smiled, like the next photo with tanks, where yes there is a T-72, but also a T-55 with a trawl. That is, the "armored menagerie" is used all.
  • raif 10 February 2020 23: 24 New
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    “At one time it was Toyota’s SUVs delivered by France that helped the underdeveloped Chad repel the invasion of the Libyan armed forces superior in many respects. The Chadian-Libyan conflict of 1986-1987 was not in vain called the Toyota War, the role of mobile was so significant groups traveling in jeeps with machine guns and anti-tank systems. " - so where is this nonsense? on Wiki, in one article, the numbers differ. for the sake of interest, I flipped through about two hundred articles in different languages ​​(with the help of a translator, the loss figures are translated without problems - there are scatter from 300 to 1300 units of tanks and infantry fighting vehicles. I am sure that this is the same boast as the losses of Iraqis and Serbs from NATO aviation