first published on June 7, 2016 by Will
In a recent press release embattled Syrian President Bashar al Assad vowed to “retake every inch of Syria.” However, after watching the following video of recent rebel attacks recorded within the last week against his forces in southern Aleppo, you will see that he has his work cut out for him.
The first clip shows jihadist rebels using an anti tank guided missile to take out a mobile multiple launch rocket system. The explosion is massive, and several of the rockets cook off and shoot of in different directions. Minutes later their missile launcher is reloaded and they destroy a military truck. The second hit isn’t as impressive as the first, but it is enough to send a platoon sized element of troops into retreat.
The next three clips show Sham Corps ATGM attacks against an infantry fighting vehicle, an anti air gun truck, and a tank. The video ends with an Ahrar ash Sham guided missile strike on retreating Syrian military vehicles. A single vehicle is destroyed, but the troops decide to abandon the other vehicle as well to avoid becoming the next target.
There seems to be a unspoken, coordinated effort between the U.S. coalition and Russian-backed troops in Raqqa. ISIS appears to be on the ropes, and both entities are racing to claim victory over the Islamic State capital in Syria, or so it seems. As the U.S. and the SDF push from the north and cut supply lines, Russian and Syrian units are pushing in from the south west. The only way this would be possible without a number of incidents is through realtime, direct coordination and deconfliction of air space. It will be interesting to see who claims the public relations “win” over the city.
Even if ISIS were to be stomped out in Syria, Assad’s future doesn’t look any less grim with the countless factions of rebels, some of which are backed by powerful third parties, that want him gone.