BEIRUT: A leading Islamist militia has conducted the first test of a home-made cannon it calls the “elephant.”
The test was featured in a video posted to YouTube Thursday by the Islam Army, one of seven groups making up the Islamic Front, which is believed to be the largest grouping of fighting networks in the ranks of rebels seeking to oust President Bashar Assad.
The test was purportedly conducted in the Damascus suburb of Adra, and shows the cannon fire a large projectile at an undisclosed location.
The nearly upright cannon appears to be approximately 3 meters high, with the projectile fired adding at least another meter to the height of the device. The narrator of the video says it was manufactured by the “Islamic Defense Factories.”
The Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria that is often allied with the Islamic Front, last month announced that it had established its own manufacturing industry for war materiel.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 07, 2014, on page 10.