first published on October 11, 2017 by Sean
Al Qaeda in Syria, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) storm SAA positions near Abu Dali. Recently consolidating gains north of Hama, the terrorist organization remains a powerful threat on the Syrian battlefield.
HTS has quietly become one of the most concerning jihadist groups in the approaching post-ISIS Syria. While ISIS has drawn the lion’s share of attention and condemnation due to their psychopathic and homicidal territorial gains, Al Qaeda has stayed largely in the shadows. Merging with several other groups earlier this year, officially forming Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, they control large portions of the Rebel pocket between Aleppo and Hama. As we’ve seen in the past they are typically well equipped and well trained, not like many of their idiot contemporaries.
The HTS fighters load in several BMPs and motorbikes, escorted by a tank before assaulting the SAA. Comprised of several fortified buildings and a defensive berm around the position, the SAA troops quickly melt in the face of the mechanized assault. Dozens scatter, fleeing to the rear of the base as the tank drives parallel to the lines, successfully intimidating the entire SAA unit without firing a shot. Now broken into several disorganized groups towards the rear, the HTS infantry begin engaging the SAA and consolidating gains around the position. The lone tank finally makes his way inside the berm, doing a final drive-by and chasing off the remaining soldiers. The video graphically concludes with the HTS militants systematically eliminating the wounded inside the fortification.
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