18:55 GMT23 January 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Marine bomb technicians obtained valuable data by disassembling four captured Syrian anti-tank missiles, the Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a press release.

    "Our explosive ordnance disposal technicians are uniquely qualified to disassemble a wide range of foreign munitions", US Marine Corps Captain Joshua Hays said in the release on Wednesday. "During the exploitation process, EOD [Explosive Ordnance Disposal] technicians were able to gather valuable weapons data and retrieve biometric information to be analyzed".

    Technicians disassembled and then destroyed four AT-4B Spigot anti-tank guided missiles, which were recently obtained by partner forces in southern Syria, the release said.

    Although exact details surrounding how the weapons arrive in Syria are unknown, forensic data is expected to provide a better understanding of illicit weapons trafficking patterns in the region and help partner forces protect civilians from unexploded ordnance, the release added.

    In 2020 alone, approximately 100 individual pieces of ordnance were processed and destroyed by Marine technicians, about 30 percent of which was manufactured in Iran or Russia, according to the release.



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