first published on January 4, 2016 by Will
This video from the early days of the Syrian Cvil War depicts a group of rebel fighters trading rounds with government forces. After a number of operator errors and mechanical malfunctions with his weapon, a rebel machine gunner steps out from cover to hip fire down a street. Syrian troops instantly spot him and send several rounds past him but miraculously miss. Instead of making the obvious realization that he just cheated death and relocating to a new fighting position, the machine gunner makes the deadly mistake of stepping back out into the kill zone. This time the waiting Syrian troops find their mark, and the rebel is killed instantly. Fellow rebels shout in disbelieving horror at what should have been an predictable and avoidable outcome.