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

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