Tunnels of Terror: Syrian Army Goes Underground to Fight Al-Qaeda Near Homs
The Syrian Army has launched another offensive against al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front entrenched near the city of Homs.
Syrian Army forces opened yet another front in the vicinity of Homs as they advance on the town of Ad-Dar al-Kabira, located on the Northwestern outskirts of the city.
Syrian soldiers managed to successfully repel a counterattack launched by al-Nusra Front militants, seizing fortifications held by Takfiri terrorists and driving the enemy back some 800 meters.
“The important part is, we’ve managed to capture a part of their tunnel network, which they used to sneak up on our frontline,” Dayoub Jaffar, a serviceman with the Syrian Army, told the Russian TV channel Zvezda.
The militants holding the town dug a large number of tunnels to facilitate covert troop movements and help them launch sneak attacks against government forces.
Some of the tunnels are up to 15 meters deep and range up to 3 kilometers long. The construction of this network was apparently well planned, as the tunnels have lighting and ventilation systems.
The Syrian soldiers are now working on extending the captured tunnel network, in order to use the militants’ own fortifications against them. The army’s technical specialists also managed to deploy a number of concealed CCTV cameras along the frontline, allowing the military to more efficiently track enemy troop movements.