This is a handbook for identifying the most common and significant weapons in Syria.
Syria’s light infantry rebel force use the small arms and crew-served weapons, while the Assad regime uses the infantry fighting vehicles and main battle tanks shed light on the primary armored vehicles. Aircraft, artillery and air defense artillery highlight some additional capabilities the Assad regime has relied on in the conflict.
Opposition media has a tendency to report all armored vehicles as “tanks.” Analysts examining videos the Syrian opposition has posted can use this guide to correctly identify the various armored vehicles used in the Assad regime’s operations.
Similarly, many observers have been eager to understand the capabilities of the Syrian rebels, and this guide may offer a better appreciation of the strengths and weaknesses of the armed opposition.