first published on January 25, 2016 by Will
A recent video out of Deir ez-Zor, Syria reportedly shows close combat between the Syrian Republican Guard and Islamic State forces. At one point, the fighters are so close that they repeatedly frag each other’s positions like it’s some kind of Middle Eastern dodgeball tournament.
The cameraman is at a considerable distance from the fighting, so it is hard to gauge depth, but in several instances it appears that the frags land and explode almost directly on top of the Syrian troops’ position with what seems to be little effect. Had the ISIS insurgents been throwing the more powerful U.S. M67 fragmentation grenade, I don’t think the Syrian troops would have been so lucky. However, they were in an open area and were lying flat on the ground, so the situation wasn’t exactly preferable for an effective grenade kill.