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Well, looking at amount of info that i can get about Al-Mukowama, i decided to make a separate thread about them where we (or just me) will collect information about Al-Mukowama aka Hezbollah aka Isla

Current conflicts where Al-Mukowama is involved (Syria). [WIP]   Intervention        The first information about the presence of "Hezbollah" in Syria appeared in the media in the second half of

Small update in general info. If you have more or correction - feel free to post.

3 hours ago, Issam said:

BTW did you notice the PKM mod ? The barrel is supershort... i've never seen that before, any ideas on why they did that ?

   As i understand those guys are going to be involved in CQB, so short PKM is pretty good addition for small sized teams - high volume of fire for suppression, for example. Same reasons why our special forces use bullpup PKPs.

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   Also, those "obrez" PKMs were used by other Al-Muqowama troops, AFAIK.

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Liberation of Tal Mandu - The Key to Al-Qusayr Castle

   Some footage from 2013 during operation to capture a hill Mandu, part of Al-Quseir campaign. 

https://central-media.org/35405/633/وثائقي-#أسرار_التحرير_الثاني...-الحلقة-الثالثة

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   AK with 40 mm UBGL and rubber pad on buttstocks from GP-25 kit, on both of AK on this pic. I guess this mod was standart.

 

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   DShK with thermal imager.

 

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   Kornet ATGM operator

 

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   Hill assault, helmetcam footage.

 

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   SAA bridgelaying vehicle helping to create a path over a small river near the hill.

 

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   PKM gunner also carries an AK as secondary.

 

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"Liberation of the villages west and east of the Oronte River in the Al-Quseir countryside from terrorists, from the city of Kadesh to Jusiya and ending with the wastewater treatment plant on the outskirts of the city of Quseir."

https://central-media.org/35411/633/وثائقي-#أسرار_التحرير_الثاني...-الحلقة-الرابعة

Link from otvaga thread about Syrian conflict. More footage of Hezbollah/Al-Muqowama operations near Al-Quseir.

 

   After taking hill and crossing river Al-Muqowama started operation to clear left side of the river and secure this area for next step. After it was done, they pushed to southern outskirts of Al-Quseir.

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   Situation around Al-Quseir, villages marked with different colors to show different religious groups. 

 

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   Assault team - several grenadiers, marksman and other pics shows 1 or 2 RPG gunners.

 

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   Some of tanks had non-Syrian crews, AFAIK.

 

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   Maps showing logistical importance of Al-Quseir - it is a point of crossing of paths/roads to different areas of Syria. On map here it shows Idlib, Hama, Aleppo provinces.

 

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   And here it shows problem for Lebanon.

 

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   Path of advances from captured hill

 

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   Kornet on top of that hill.

 

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   Single fire rocket launchers, probably those are called Vulcans.

 

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   Assault team moving into villages. Video from the link also shows some footage from "takebeer" perspective, although not an exact match.

 

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   Armor support.

 

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   After advancing west they turned south.

 

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   Moving to other side of the river, south of Al-Quseir.

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   ATGM team, probably.

 

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   In the video it is obvious that crewmember have a helmet and possibly bodyarmor, so this tank have Al-Muqowama crew instead of Syrian one. Although Syrian armor and crew participated in this op.

 

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   Looks like MG gunners having AK as a secondary is standart practice.

 

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   Also non-Syrian crew in this Shilka that is used for direct fire support.

 

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   Assault team, 2 RPG gunners are visible on the right.

 

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   Same here.

 

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   Clearing villages south of Al-Quseir to establish assault position for the next phase.

 

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   Some trenches that akbars made.

 

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   Another assault team with Shilka in front, probably with Al-Muqowama crew.

 

   After clearing southern outskirts was done Al-Muqowama started operation to assault Al-Quseir. First step was to take wastewater treatment plant SW from the city.

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   Tank that was lost during assault on this plant. In video a Shilka got hit as well, but i'm not sure if it was during assault on this facility or earlier, as footage is rather dark.

 

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   Inside of compound of buildings of water threatment facility.

 

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   Not sure if friendly AFV was lost (some sort of tracked vehicle is visible on previous pic) or abandoned  enemy vehicle was blown, or something else.

 

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   Underfolder AKs, M16s, weird combination of weapons.

 

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   Marksmans also carry AK as a secondary.

 

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   Situation after operation was done, but before assault of Al-Quseir town.

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   The Islamic Resistance announces that he was killed while fulfilling the "duty of jihad" Ali Najib Marwa (Hajj Abu Hasan Sajid) from Zrari, Sidon region in South Lebanon.
   The place and circumstances of the death were not reported.

   From otvaga.

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   https://central-media.org/35428/633/وثائقي-#أسرار_التحرير_الثاني...-الحلقة-السادسة

   Battle for Al-Quseir

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   Don't know language, so i'm trying to guess, basically. Part of Quseir was under control of SAA, and plan was to join them.

 

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   Clearing areas towards enemy main positions and "HQ" buildings looks like was planned to be conducted from Eastern side of the town, using SAA support.

 

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   Those tightly placed buildings in districts would be a problem to fight through.

 

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   General plan was to go from S to N and Western flank was to join central push in main part city, where FSA stronghold was.

 

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   After that - push North from SAA territory in order to finish city clearing.

 

   Problematic aspect of urban warfare in Quseir were FSA and Co preparations and defensive structures made. For example - tunner system and buildings-hardpoints.

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   Tunnel system allowed to move quickly between hardpoints without risking exposure to enemy fire:

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   Tunnel entrances/exits were located inside of buildings.

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   City had plenty of those prepared areas.

 

   On higher level, Quseir was connected to other FSA&Co-controlled areas.

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   As i understood, SAA and Al-Muqowama managed to cut several supply roads.

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   SAA took several villages and military airbase.

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   Not sure why one was left.

 

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   As my understanding goes, a way to deal with those dense build up districts was to go through them but aboid using main streets.

 

   FSA and other moderate akbars.

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   They had some toys to play with

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   Operation started, Al-Muqowama used Vulcan - big caliber but short ranged rockets as artillery support.

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   Simple Vulcan launchers

 

   Mortars were also used.

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   More serious one - IIRC those were called Elephants

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   A normal artillery pieces for indirect fire were used as well.

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   Reason why Vulcan were a thing during urban operations.

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   Heh, can't say what are those stats. Although one thing is obvious - short range and very big payload in one nice rusty package.

 

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   Vulcans according to footage had timed fuzes (or delayed one?), which allowed heavy rocket to punch through roof or walls of houses (for example those hardpoints connected with tunnels).

 

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   ... and level those buildings thanks to payload being delivered into house, instead of detonating somewhere outside of internal volume, where explosives were more effective and damaging structure.

 

   But because of simple launchers and quickly put together rockets, their accuracy was not exactly high.

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   After landing (or crashing into structures) those things were not exploding for about ~5 seconds, but after detonation...

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   Vulcans also were used for direct fire, thanks to relatively light launcher unit.

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   During operation inside of Al-Quseir. Some streets and roads were barricaded, for example with trucks with shipping containers on top.

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   Walls between households were frequently demolished to allow to progress without trying to push through open street roads.

 

   Walls of buildings also had paths made through them, to avoid getting out of houses to walk to other part of it/other building.

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   IED were also a problem. This one was connected to an entrance door of house.

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   Rebels storage with big IEDs found inside of it.

 

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  Note uparmored tactical golfcart on the left. Team is crossing an opening.

 

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   Al-Muqowama used different technicals and AFVs support in this operation.

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   Tanks also worked on targets in the city from prepared positions.

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   MG gunner again with AKs and secondary.

 

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   Amount of dust was noticeably enough to make fighters to wear masks.

 

   Looks like to dazzle enemy, a fake radiochatter game was conducted, further North of actual assault path.

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   Tank support inside of the city. Using mounds made by bulldozers, tank could get angles on enemy positions over walls and some structures.

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   Uparmored civilian construction equipment was used to quikcly put walls and other bullet/shrapnel/LOS blocking walls of sand.

 

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   Which also are used as firing positions for tanks.

 

   Sometimes simple clothing or sheets were used to make crossings, they were making infantry harder target to hit when running across the road.

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   SAA Shilka supporting Al-Muqowama infantry

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   Enemy sniper position.

 

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   UAVs were used for recon and fire correction.

 

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   Some marksmans (i guess) have AR-15 based rifles, not exactly sure why, probably it is easier to find and put optics on them compared to AKs they have.

 

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   One of those big hand grenade to clear out big rooms.

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   Marksman using his secondary weapon to cover other troopers.

 

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   Center of Al-Quseir after it was taken back.

 

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   After Al-Quseir was taken, Al-Muqowama orginised their training ground/base for their armored unit.

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   Missed part 1 of Battle for Al-Quseir (May of 2013).

https://central-media.org/35417/633/وثائقي-#أسرار_التحرير_الثاني...-الحلقة-الخامسة

   

   Enemies factions in Al-Quseir - FSA units and Al-Nusra

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   SAA positions, they were besieged in the city.

 

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   Plan was to assault town using 4 attack directions, 2 of them aimed to reach SAA in Al-Quseir, main push through central axis and flanking push from Western side.

 

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   Main stronghold of FSA/Co in Quseir.

 

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   Flanking attack used BMPs support to push.

 

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   Push to SAA was done through less densely built up parts of Al-Quseir.

 

   In the city plenty of hardpoints were created by terrorists

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   Al-Muqowama troops concentrating for operation.

 

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   Start of the operation

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   Al-Mukowama SPGs. Artillery strike was supposed to push enemies into their hidespots to allow infantry to close in.

 

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   Outskirts of Al-Quseir

 

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   Tank support. AFVs were used to break walls and make new paths.

 

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   Fighting inside of the city

 

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   Moving through one of prepared enemy hardpoints.

 

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   One of episodes of fighting inside of the town.

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   Group of militants started to cross the street in the moment when one of Al-Muqowama troopers looked down the same street.

 

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   Firefight broke out with soldier quickly moving into building.

 

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   Rest of operation is in part 2, post above.

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   The battle for the control over the city of Yabroud and over the smuggling of car bombs from Qalamoun to the Lebanese regions

https://central-media.org/35437/633/وثائقي-#أسرار_التحرير_الثاني...-الحلقة-السابعة

   1st Qalamoun operation.

   Qalamoun is a region between Damask and Homs with part of it being in Lebanon, main events happened to south from town Al-Quseir, battle for which was posted earlier. Yabroud is a city in this region, was controlled by numerous factions such as Jaish Al-Islam and Jabhat Al-Nusra, on top of FSA.

 

   Big problem from that region for Lebanon were VBIEDs, that were disguised as civilian cars.

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   Al-Quseir was delt with and big number of towns/villages that were under control of takfiris and were located neat/at the border with Lebanon were dealt with.

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   Qalamoun region, south/south-east from Quseir, was another problem. A lot of roads could be used to sneak cars with bombs into Lebanon

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   A major highway was located in this region as well, connecting Damascus with Lattakia region and other parts of country.

 

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   Region and part of it in Lebanon

 

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   Mountains of Qalamoun

 

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   Towns under control of jihadists factions.

 

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   General size of area.

 

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   Plenty of caves to hide in.

 

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   Yabroud (and probably towns around it) was used as bomb manufacturing site, plenty of ammunition was captured by militants in this region.

 

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   Al-Mukowama started operation in mountains and pushed down to Yabroud and towns nearby.

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   Uparmored bulldozers that were used in Al-Quseir were also used here to quickly put together firing positions.

 

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   Ranges in mountain warfare favors bigger guns than usual infantry carried rifles.

 

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   Militants used ATGMs against attacking Al-Mukowama and Syrian troops. One of loses on the pic, another was uparmored bulldozer.

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   Number of hills were on the way down from mountains

 

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   Some hills were about 100 meters high in this area, allowing good overwatch.

 

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   Dominating heights over Yabroud.

 

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   Tranposrts for infantry

 

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   Yet another hill

 

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   Combat in mountains/hills

 

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   Enemy are relatively close at times

 

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   Explosion near one of trooper

 

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   One of dominating heights over Yabroud was taken by Al-Muqowama and was used as firebase for Kornets/ATGMs.

 

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   After taking control of heights north of Yabroud, Lebanese Islamic Resistance forces started to move down into town, while also trying to take control of areas and buildings East and West of the city.

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   Prepared positions for tanks.

 

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   Yabroud's outskirts

 

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   Center of city.

 

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   Assault on Yabroud.

 

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   Vulcan launchers on the background, not sire about 2 launchers in the front.

 

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   Moving to Yabroud outskirts

 

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   AFAIK Syrian infantry.

 

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   Al-Muqowama troops inside of Yabroud.

 

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   Hezbollah in Japan, lol.

 

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   A compound of villas North-East of Yabroud, also was subject to be taken under control.

 

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   Jihaded Yamaha Rhino

   

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   Moving to Western side of the Yabroud.

 

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   Combat on dominating heights over city. Bullets impacts (or puffs of dust from them) are visible next to fighter.

 

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   After areas East of town were taken under control, next phase of operation started - capture of center on Yabroud.

 

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   Combat over hills/heights around town did not stopped

 

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   ZU-23-2 on technical used for suppression

 

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   Camera is looking south, that big hill with antenna on it is noticeable landmark.

 

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   Militants under fire, one of them is down.

 

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   SAA BMP-2s were supporting operation.

 

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   Syrian infantry.

 

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   Medevac.

 

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   After clearing of the city was done, next target was to secure southern hill, it was overlooking whole town.

 

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   Suppression

 

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   After that video shows IED factory inside of Yabroud, but IIRC operation didn't ended on Yabroud. So wating for next part.

 

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   "The battle between the Resistance and the Syrian army for control of the heights in West Qalamoun, freeing them from terrorists and final control over the smuggling of car bombs into Lebanon."

   This part of documentary covers Qalamoun operation after taking town of Yabroud, took place in 2014 and 2015.

 

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   After Yabroud was taken, Al-Muqowama continued operation to cut off remaning roads and ways for terrorists to move to Lebanon.

 

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   Aim was to completely stop smuggle of car bombs to Lebanon from territory of Syria under FSA&Co control.

 

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   Next target, roads in mountains, where militants had number of forces and positions.

 

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   Takfirs

 

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   IED factory in Yabroud, as i understand. 

 

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   Early phase of operation - attack in Western direction to reach mountains and Lebanon border to capture 2 towns - Ras Maara and Flitah.

 

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   SAA tank support, AFAIK during Yabroud operation.

 

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   Vulcan, ready to launch.

 

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   Terrorists base in mountains.

 

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   IED found.

 

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   Car being turned into VBIED, IEDs are visible

 

    Apperently there was a moment when small group of takfirs misidentified group of Al-Muqowama troops as their own.

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   Lebanese troops and Syrians

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   Al-Mukowama and Syrian forces took back 2 towns West of Yabroud, getting close to Lebanon border.

 

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   AFAIK captured hilltop position.

 

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   From there, forces conitnued their movement in S-W direction from towns and along mountain range from Yabroud.

 

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   Abu Talib launcher.

 

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   Maaloula, small christian town located S-S-W from Yabroud, where Al-Manar journalists were killed, AFAIK.

 

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   As i understand, an official visit to town after combat was long done.

 

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    Attacks from 2 directions aimed to cut off enemy forces from rest of terrorists-controlled territory of Syria.

 

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   Combat on hilly terrain.

 

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   Crew served weapons, such as this HMG, were used to support each push to next hill.

 

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   Assault teams carried plenty of explosives themselfs, usually RPGs and hand grenade launcher muzzle attachments on AKs.

 

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   Militants were surrounded, but they where positioned in mountains, which complicated clearing of this area.

 

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   Winter brought snow to some parts of Qalamoun.

 

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   During winter of 2014-2015, ISIS influence grew and it also affected Qalamount terrorists.

 

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   Part of them joined ISIS flag.

 

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   Next phase of operation to clear Qalamoun was joined Lebanon-Syrian push from southern part of pocket to north along mountain ridges.

 

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   Joined forces pushed pocked from SW and also was clearing areas in opposite direction, to establish control over highlited area

 

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   3 direction of assault from different places to hit mountain ridge

 

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   Several mountains that were to be taken under control

 

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   Dominant mountains of the area are reaching 2.6 km from sea level

 

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   Troops being moved to starting point

 

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   Assault on one of mountain top positions

 

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   SPG-9 used for support.

 

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   Bigger caliber, trucknical

 

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   Close range firefight

 

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   After area is cleared - a group photo.

 

 

 

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   Firesupport team, HMG and SPG-9.

 

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   ATGMs like Konkurs are also used by Resistance.

 

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   Russian markings says that those ATGMs Al-Muqowama got from Syria.

 

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   Kornets were also used.

 

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   57 mm SPAAG used for direct fire support.

 

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   Gives good look at some of terrain features in this area.

 

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   During clearing of pocket Resistance established conrol over roads that were used by terrorists from captured hilltops and mountains.

 

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   Terrain through which infantry attacked frequently wasn't suitable for vehicles.

 

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   Tank and other armed vehicles were used from prepared positions and fire support.

 

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   Abu Talib launcher. Vulcans max range was only 500 meters, which is not enough for mountain warfare.

 

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   Attack on positions on mountain tops were conducted using crew-served weapon positioned on nearby hilltops/mountains that suppressed enemies in targeted area to allow assault groups to cover distance between their starting point and enemy location without having to deal with incoming fire from high ground.

 

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   Operations to take each mountain were planned down to exact positioning of assault squads using scouted photos of actual place.

 

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   ATGMs were used as close range support according to some of footage.

 

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   Attackers are closing to last mark

 

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   Militants in this pocket were getting desperate and even used car tires filled with explosives, rolling down as bombs against attackers.

 

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   Next mountain.

 

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   Ridge between mountain tops allowed to push to second militant position right from first mountain.

 

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   Bullet hit right next to a fighter.

 

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   Meanwhile several attacks were conducted to take under control lower ridges (right arrows) to support main push.

 

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   Al-Muqowama ATGM crew. Launcher is on the fighter on the left, missiles is carried by number 2 on the right.

 

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   Militant in optics of this camera (blob on the right)

 

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   Casualty

 

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   CP with cameras livefeed

 

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   One of overwatch positions.

 

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   I suspect this is Toophan ATGM (Iranian TOW copy).

 

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   Terrorists on top of next mountain

 

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   Assault team moving to next target.

 

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   Heh, Malyutka (Chinese clone of it).

 

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   Push to lower ridges was supported from already captured mountains.

 

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   SAA T-72AV, not sure who is actually inside.

 

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   Puffs of dust from bullet hits.

 

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   He ended as puff of dust, heh.

 

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   This part of operation ended with militants isolated and big area taken under control. Rest of this pocket will be finished by joint Syrian and Lebanon operation few years later where both LAF and Al-Muqowama will participate in combat against terrorists of different groups left inside of pocket.

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   Clearing areas of Eastern part of Lebanon and part of Syria near border in 2014 and 2015. Main enemies - Nusra and ISIS leftovers. Videos contains also footage of militants/terrorist VBIED attack and attack against LFA.

 

   Operation:

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   Corridor was punched in order to cut this pocket.

 

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   Green - FSA, Red-Nusra, Black - ISIS.

 

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   FSA quickly got cleared out and then Mukowama (+SAA) started to work on Nusra and ISIS.

 

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   Akbars

 

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   Malyutka or Chinese SACLOS version

 

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   Kornet ATGM team

 

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   Small living place for militants.

 

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   DIY grenade fuzes and DIY grenade.

 

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   Plenty of snow during winter of 2014-2015.

 

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   Tacticooling here, heh.

 

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   Blind fire

 

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   Empty case stuck in ejection window, weapon jammed, strange to see such footage in documentary/PR video.

 

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   LFA soldiers in combat with group of terrorists who manage to sneek to LFA position. Number of LFA soldiers were captured during attack.

 

 

 

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   VBIED found and being prepared for detonation.

 

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   At captured enemy position.

 

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   Dead jiahdists (a lot more in the video)

 

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   Squad moving through hills and trees, PKM gunner and marksman with SVD.

 

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   CP

 

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   ISIS using familiar weapons, drones with small bombs based on grenades for UBGLs.

 

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   AFAIK, SAA artillery working against some of positions of ISIS in pocket on the map in first spoiler.

 

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   Results of artillery strikes

 

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https://otvaga2004.mybb.ru/viewtopic.php?id=2327&p=5#p1384276

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This part is dedicated to Operation Sadiq al-Muhammad - liberation of the wasteland of Arsal July 20-27, 2017.

   Mainly Al-Muqowama reservists were used for this operation, Mobilisation forces of the Resistance. Around page 4 and 5 i posted about this operation, back in 2017.  Joint operation between Al-Muqowama and LFA.

 

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   As i understood this was showing process of greenbusing all those lions of jihad to Idlibostan

 

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   Some of number of akbar groups that left in Arsal/Qalamoun region, beard on right lower row is a leader.

 

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   As was usual for 2017, militants made plenty of covered positions to hide.

 

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   Lebanese and Syrian sides of this pocket of enemies.

 

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   Territory in which operation took place.

 

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   This episode focused on combat vs Nusra and Co leftovers.

 

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   Shows general terrain of region.

 

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   Operation started.

 

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   Data o the screen gives reference for footage

 

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   Further development of Vulcan that was used for artillery support.

 

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   Rocket is bigger than before

 

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   Folding wings on this one is another noticeable change.

 

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   AA unit DIY SPAAGs were used in direct fire mode.

 

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   M46 SPG on a civilian truck chassis.

 

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   Al-Muqowama T-54B or T-55, donated by SAA.

 

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   Looks like assault on each hieght were pre-planned rather deeply

 

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   Fighters transported to area of operation.

 

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   Some of positions that were planned to be assaulted.

 

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   Documentary showing one of assaults against nasty position that went not so well.

 

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   One of fighters killed during attempt to close in.

 

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   RPG-7 shot

 

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   Suppressing fire while one of fighters checks body.

 

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   The moment of death of the medic Hussein Zuhair Assaf (08.19.1997-21.07.2017) when trying to evacuate the body of Mahmut Ali Assayli (24.10.1990-21.07.2017).

 

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   Bullet looks like hit his head

 

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   Troops were almost done with Nusra and Al-Sham

 

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   Mine detector?

 

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   Moded AR-15/M-16

 

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   Probably same guy

 

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   Clearing hiding spot

 

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   Elephant rocket

 

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   2nd line sniper with 2 rifles.

 

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   Evacuation of dead body of a marksman.

 

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   Heh, Okurok in use.

 

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   Muzzle device to fire grenades.

 

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   Continuation of clearing of Arsal, Part 2.

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   Plan to clear out pocket with Nusra leftovers. It will be joint Al-Mukowama and SAA. Dominant heights will be captured and will be used for next phase of operation.

 

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   From Syrian territory SAA and Resistance will fight an uphill battle to grab mountain tops.

 

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   SAA, looks like police special units camo

 

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   During operation Al-Mukowama used BMPs of their armor branch of forces.

 

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   ATGM team, Metis-M

 

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 3 members (2 with rockets, one with launcher unit)

 

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   Assault on one of positions on mountain top. Trenches were made in a rock, visible between explosions.

 

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   SAA Shilka for fire support

 

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   Abu Talib, probably

 

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   Fagot ATGM was also used in assault.

 

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   Nusra akbars got shwacked by Fagot.

 

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   An actual patch of Islamic Resistance forces (or unit).

 

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   To take this hilltop Al-Moukawama used BMPs to bring infantry close to enemy positions, while fire support was suppressing enemies from nearby captured point.

 

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   BMPs brought infantry to dismount point.

 

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   You don't see often RPG-7 with optical sight used in ME combat. This one is going to launch "Pencil" (frag rocket).

 

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   Fire support team suppressing enemy.

 

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   Assault team at position that they are attacking. AFAIK patch on this fighter is party/religios themed.

 

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   Shotgun with grenade launching attachment.

 

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   Grenade for that launched thing.

 

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   Pocket is shrinking, with dominating positions on mountains were captured, on Lebanon side of the border Al-Muqowama pushed Nusra out of several hills.

 

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   Mortar fire vs Nusra militants, same hilltop as in previous spoiler.

 

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   Wounded and dead from assault on one of enemy position.

 

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   After taking position Al-Mukowama started to fortify it.

 

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   Several survivors are fleeing battle. Later in documentary you can see that they jumpe into a car and got out.

 

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   Al-Mukowama and SAA (or Syrian police special unit).

 

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   Resistance fighter and SAA soldier checking small cave on a mountain top from previous pics after Nusra ran away.

 

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   Not much left of Nusra in Arsal. ISIS piece of territory are located North from that pocket.

 

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   Media attention to operation.

 

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   Camp and what looks like coms vehicle.

 

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   Next phase started. Vulcan-ish rocket on the screengrab.

 

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   Very few places left in Nusra hands.

 

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   Another muzzle attachment to fire grenades. Interesting that Al-Mukowama no longer use UBGL anywhere as much as during Al-Quseir battle.

 

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   ATV with AGS

 

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   JDB armored Toyota box.

 

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   Officers on the right. One in sand uniform was spotted in earlier parts of documentary.

 

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   Same officer here near dead akbar.

 

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   Assault team moving to clear those rare buildings in this part of Arsal

 

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   Base with dug out positions to hide

 

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   Hilltop with caves that needs to be cleared.

 

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   Throwing grenade into one of such caves.

 

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   Snipers

 

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   AFAIK one of fighters that died in combat, also religion symbolics on his patch. Not that many of those were visible in previous years.

 

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   Arsal-Idlib trip is being prepared for Nusra leftovers.

 

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