Members of the Free Syrian Army engage a Syrian Arab Army tank with a 9M113 Konkurs anti-tank guided missile system in al-Otaiba, Syria.
The video above was recorded by an ATGM team from the Free Syrian Army conducting combat operations against the Syrian Arab Army in 2013. It was recorded back in 2013, when the fighting in the region was reaching new peaks. This piece of footage was originally removed by YouTube during a purge of content that saw a majority of the footage documenting the Syrian Civil War being removed from history as if it never existed.
The Internet is supposed to be a place where all of mankind's information can be chronicled and accessed by anyone, anywhere, at any time. A strong majority of that information can be accessed by the super computer you carry in your pocket with you everywhere you go every single day. Unfortunately, YouTube had a falling out with a major advertiser over combat footage in 2017, and saw fit to purge a good chunk of the most heavily documented conflict in modern history in order to save their bottom line.
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