first published on December 3, 2017 by Sean
A video from the last battle of Aleppo shows jihadists getting rocked by a sustained mortar barrage as they hunker down below the stairwells of a rubbled building.
Something that cannot be accurately comprehended from watching the video is the earth-shaking concussions these fighters would be feeling through their entire body. Their vision becomes obstructed by dust and smoke, and the siege shows no sign of ending. The accurate mortar rounds continue to fall directly on their position and all they can do is wait it out and hope the building structure doesn’t collapse on them.
The insurgents nervously chant their Takbir: “Allah Akbar” or “God is the greatest.” Yet, it does’t come across as convincing and they sound more like a chicken coop full of stirred up hens that knows the fox has arrived.
The rebels are apparently of the Jaysh al Fateh (Army Of Conquest) Islamist umbrella group that was composed of al Nusra (al Qaeda), Ahrar ash Sham, Sham Legion, and several other Sunni Salafist hardline organizations. They received much of their funding and material support from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Regardless of what sub rebel group the fighters belonged to, they were only allowed to call themselves by the name of the larger group, Jaysh al Fateh, for the sake of unity. The group formed in early 2015, but due to clashes and infighting among the groups across Idlib province, the group disbanded by early 2017.
The summer of 2016 saw incredibly heavy fighting in Aleppo as Syrian troops, backed by Russian airstrikes and Spetsnaz, attempted to fully encircle and isolate the city, blocking the rebels from any resupply or reinforcements.
This video is likely from mid September 2016, as these rebel groups were backed into their last strongholds at the 1070 Al-Hamdaniyah Housing Project and the Al-‘Amariyah District. It was reported that 3,000 Russian troops arrived at this time to completely crush any remaining rebel resistance.