first published on September 12, 2018 by Josh
It is said that you miss 100% of the shots you never take. In the case of the Free Syrian Army however, you miss 100% of the shots you do take. The video you are about to see is evidence of the incompetence present within organized units inside of the Free Syrian Army. While the group seems to be able to grasp simple flanking and maneuver concepts, it is apparent that their marksmanship skills are not up to the standard they need to be in order to survive or actually win a conflict.
In the video you are about to watch, members of the Free Syrian Army’s 16th Division catch the Syrian Arab Army in full retreat. The shooting gallery-like situation the SAA soldiers find themselves in should immediately spell death, but fortunately for them the Free Syrian Army troops who are shooting at them could not hit the broad side of a barn while standing on the inside of it. In spite of the full on flank, automatic weapons that favor accuracy through volume, the lack of cover the SAA troops have to maneuver for, and even one fire-team sized element that is standing directly in the open for an extended period of time, not a single shot that is fired in their direction manages to make a connection.
This may be one of the most frustrating pieces of combat footage you will ever watch, but it explains a very valuable aspect to the Syrian Civil War that is often over-looked. For almost the entire last decade, we have been watching fully incompetent soldiers fight each other on the ground with absolutely no idea how to fundamentally fire a rifle. With this in mind, I think it’s safe to say that we can expect this conflict to continue stretching throughout the years until one side decides to have their fighters pass a basic rifle qualification course of fire. Until then, casualties will only continue to mount through explosive bombardments, suicide bombings, and single fired ATGM attacks against lone infantrymen guarding ammunition dumps.