Russian Marine Major killed in FSA TOW strike

 

On April 20th, Reuters reported that a Russian Marine Major by the name of Sergey Bordov was killed during fighting on a Syrian Army base in Hama. Bordov is one of the highest ranking officers to have been killed during Russia's involvement in the war. This news corresponds with a Furqat al-Wusta (the Central Division) TOW video released two days prior which allegedly targeted a group of Syrian and Russian soldiers. The video's title says that the strike occured around Rahbet Khattab, an army base just north of the town Khattab. A uniquely designed watertower features prominently in the video's background. After crossreferencing with other videos from the same front, it becomes clear that this is the watertower located on the western edge of the army base. The location of the target itself lies 1.7km northwest of the base, in front of a munitions depot. While RT.com initially reported that Bordov was killed in an assault on the base it was later confirmed by his widow that he was killed in a TOW strike. The death of Major Sergey Bordov places official Russian military fatality numbers somewhere in the low 30s.

"The Central Division targeted a gathering of Assad gangs and Russian troops In Rabhet Khattab with a TOW missile"

A still from the TOW video.

A Jaysh al-Izza (FSA) video from two days later that shows the same hill top. Source.

 
Target location circled in red.

Target location circled in red.

 

A still from a SMAART Agency video showing the watertower at Rabhet Khabbat. Source.

Rabhet Khattab army base. Location. 

Rabhet Khattab army base. Location.