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Syrian Civil War, 2011 - ? From a local uprising to a proxy war, we discuss the chaos in Syria.

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Improvised AFVs In the Civil War

Do you fear... the Kurdish Cat Tank!?



Click the picture above for some fitting music.

Here is another picture of it:


Click here to read a Daily Mail article on the Cat Tank (and other improvised fighting vehicles in use). It's from 2014, but it serves as a launching off point to explore any and all such modifications used by the fighters on either side.

Anyway, I thought I'd start a thread to look at equipment and vehicles in use by either side in the conflict that have been modified for the peculiarities of the Syrian conflict, whether it is just a shortage of raw materials or if it is because of the nature of the fighting there.

Here are some more pics of different vehicles used over the years:



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A video of more enthusiasm than skill about some of them...

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It might also be fitting to include information / pictures of standard vehicles that have been modified in more subtle ways, such as this rubber and sand-based modification.


Here is a Popular Mechanics article on the improvised armor at use within Syria and Iraq.
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Here's an article from Whitefleet.org on the subject, also including information on hell cannons and suicide vehicles as well, such as this heavily-armored monstrosity meant to bash through and explode at a defended point:


I have no data on how reputable the site is, just posting it for your consideration.
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Great thread!
Keep 'em coming, I'll look for something of my own.
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