first published on July 10, 2016 by Will
Here is an excellent set of combat clips from the battle for “Mullah farms” in Aleppo, Syria.
The video is definitely worth watching in its entirety. The footage starts off with a company-sized element of Nour Adin al Zanki rebels counter-assaulting into government-held positions.
The Syrian Army troops had anticipated the exact corridor the rebels would take and already had the big guns pointed at the likely avenue of approach. As the rebels run alongside the berm, they quickly find themselves in a well-aimed, three round artillery barrage.
Although casualties from this exact fire mission are unclear due to the immediate cutaway in the video, it is being reported that rebel groups participating in this counter attack have lost 75 fighters, seven of which were field commanders.
From the footage one can see that two of the artillery rounds landed on the short side of the berm, likely not inflicting any casualties. However, the middle round impacts very near to a cluster of troops and the viewer can see the shrapnel-filled blast launch deadly debris right toward them. The force of the explosion and impacting shrapnel plows through the berm. That round was effective and undoubtedly inflicted casualties to the insurgents within the blast radius.
The rebel group highlighted in the video is Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, a Sunni Islamist rebel insurgent group. Under the Obama Administration these jihadists were deemed moderate and were supplied with material support, including American-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM). The rebel group now falls under Hyat Tahrir ash Sham (HTS), the al Qaeda/al Nusra umbrella group, indicating they might be well over the “moderate” line and instead working the hardline.