BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:50 P.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group has released a 30-minute propaganda video of its besieged fighters in Raqqa battling it out against the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The video is filled with many attacks against Kurdish-led forces by the jihadist faction using a variety of powerful weapons systems. The sheer number of recorded attacks serves to give the impression of high losses among SDF ranks, something which recently conceded statistics by the US-backed alliance seems to suggest is in fact the case.
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The propaganda clip begins with showing ISIS employing anti-tank guided missiles (ATGM) against clusters of SDF troops and individual vehicles in highly opportunistic attacks.
After this, the use of SPG-9 recoilless rifles fired from a variety of different platforms against SDF troop gatherings is shown. Again, the attacks are opportunistic and it can be seen that some SPG-9s have remote-controlled mounts whilst others are fired from the shoulders of individual soldiers.
Moreover, the employing of armed drones dropping small mortar rounds and snipers firing from well-concealed position by the terrorist group is also well-documented and represents a considerable proportion of the entire video.
Appearing in the video at different times is use of vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) against key SDF outposts throughout Raqqa.
Also presented, but with less viewing time, is the use of heavy machine guns, 23-mm anti-aircraft cannons, rocket launchers and medium mortars by the jihadist faction, all of which are employed to suppress the movement of Kurdish forces as they walk into prepared kill-zones near the front-line.
An Islamic State militant missing a leg and bound by crutches is seen several times throughout the video operating a PKM medium machine gun, also acting as his own ammunition bearer.
Furthermore, an ethnic Swedish ISIS fighter using an AGS-17 grenade launcher also appears in the clip.
The entire video concludes with the kidnapping and brutal execution of a tribal leader who, initially in a pact with ISIS, had turned over to the SDF.
Al-Masdar News does not in any way, shape or form approve or sympathize with the behavior or political cause presented in the propaganda clip shown below. The video is being presented purely for educational purposes.