February 28, 2014

Syria: Boot Camp for Terrorists ("And the beat goes on... and the beat goes on.")


"Many will arrive with no military training, and no doubt most coming from Europe will have little if any experience handling firearms.

Few will have felt the heft of a machine gun, or realize how heavy and powerful it really is. Before the war, they will never have smelled the lubricant burning off as the barrel glows orange, and the gun becomes so hot that it begins to fire on its own. Their ears have not heard the tics and tinks a hot gun makes as it cools in the darkness after prolonged firing, and after the war, their brains might make the same tics and tinks, and keep firing on its own.

"When they step into the wars, most of their noses will be virgins to the smell of plastic explosives,
the scent of time fuse burning, and they will not have known before how to make a large bomb using little more than cotton. When they have not seen a female for a month, they will smell and sense her from a block away. For those who survive and return to Denmark or Germany, they will know this and much more, and with their passports, it is a simple flight to Orlando.

"If there are questions just how big and bad this wolf is growing, watch:
Syria War - Al-Nusra Front Insane Heavy Intense Urban Firefight. [Below] Men who can fight like this will find it a simple matter to take down a shopping mall, or to stage an audacious ground assault on a civilian airport. When the foreign fighters return home, and their brains begin to cool during long nights, some will be shattered and broken. Others will move on with life, while a smaller number will have found what they love most in life, war.
"Wars never end.
They just go home, and not always to the home they came from." From Michael Yon, Dispatches, Not a Crosswalk

"The grocery store's the supermart, uh huh
Little girls still break their hearts, uh huh
And men still keep on marching off to war
Electrically they keep a baseball score "

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 28, 2014 10:00 AM
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It's called a cook-off and the only way to stop it is to not give it anymore ammo.

Posted by: ghostsniper at February 28, 2014 12:55 PM

I hear Syria is beautiful in the spring.

Posted by: tim at February 28, 2014 1:24 PM

I didn't see one person aiming their weapon. A fair bit of pointing and squinting, but no aimed fire.

Posted by: ThomasD at February 28, 2014 5:11 PM

Pretty impressive for Arabs. Some fire discipline. Firing from the shoulder rather than the hip. Decent understanding of cover and concealment and some use of supporting weapons from prepared positions.

Disciplined, well-trained infantry fighting as part of a combined arms team would still chew them up. But that's not the issue. The true crux of the matter is whether the West will be able to generate enough trained, disciplined infantry to fight and win against these cats sometime in the near future.

Posted by: el baboso at February 28, 2014 5:21 PM

I heard thousands of rounds going off, but I didn't see any evidence of anyone getting hit. You can shoot at people holed up inside buildings all day, but unless you're willing to get out of your cubbyhole and cross an open street, and close with your enemy, you're not going to accomplish anything. At one point, I saw what was probably two old Soviet 57mm anti-aircraft guns mounted on the backs of some big trucks. You could blast thru some pretty thick walls with those things.

This video points out some things I learned about Arabs and jihadis from Army briefings and thru reading some material on Fallujah. They show some skill and ingenuity when preparing a defensive position, but no conception of how to take one. Fortunately for our guys, we could always roll in an invulnerable M-1 Abrams and blast the position to bits

Posted by: Callmelennie at March 1, 2014 12:27 PM

There is nothing to fear from those guys.

Posted by: Eric Blair at March 1, 2014 3:34 PM

There is nothing to fear from those guys.

Posted by: Eric Blair at March 1, 2014 3:34 PM

There is nothing to fear from these guys.

"...and after the war, their brains might make the same tics and tinks, and keep firing on its own."

That scares me.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at March 6, 2014 9:24 PM

Sooooo....what "issue" was addressed by the NRA marksmanship program, once popular for school aged boys?

Posted by: CaptDMO at March 8, 2014 5:40 AM