Eyewitnesses told the BBC that British operators were on hand in case the jihadists attacked again. And with a loadout of sniper rifles, heavy machine guns, and anti-tank missiles, the Beeb is probably right that the Brits "would have been able to put up a considerable fight."
Exclusive First look inside Britian's secretive ground war in Syria - UK special forces pictured with Syrian Rebels https://t.co/bB5vcfKUZX— Quentin Sommerville (@sommervillebbc) August 8, 2016
The Jordanian-built Al-Thalab seats four operators and can accommodate a pair of stretchers in a pinch. Those are important abilities for a vehicle designed for long-range surveillance, recon, and border patrol in notoriously harsh, hot, and difficult terrain. But it's the Toyota Land Cruiser bones that make the Al-Thalab so popular with operators in the Middle East. Toyota Hilux pickups and Land Cruiser SUVs dominate the region, guaranteeing a regular and reliable source of spare parts to repair battle damage. Even without Toyota reliability and repairability, the Al-Thalab is a tough mule – it has a 3,400-pound payload, and can carry enough food, water, ammo, weapons, and fuel for a ten-day patrol.
The New Syrian Army, one of the rebel groups opposing Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State, in Al-Tanaf. This is the first time British forces have been photographed operating in Syria.