In an effort to halt the Islamist momentum in Aleppo, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has mobilized hundreds of armored vehicles to beef up the city’s defences.

However, Jaish al-Fateh and the Fatah Halab operations room still boast a highly effective fighting force, comprised of upwards of 10,000 rebel fighters.

Jaish al-Fatah has also developed its very own assault troops, comparable to the SAA’s Tiger Forces, although very few details are available about the unit.

These fighters all wear masks and are immediately withdrawn and replaced from the frontline once they capture a point, a military source tells Al-Masdar News.

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Riki-Oh Saiga
Riki-Oh Saiga
2016-08-08 20:50

“developed its very own assault troops” “wear masks” “immediately withdrawn and replaced” Bullshit. Foreign special forces.

Jens Holm
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Jens Holm
2016-08-08 21:39
Reply to  Riki-Oh Saiga

Foreign special forces dont spend highly educated and expensive forces like that at all.

But they could be educated by them and helped by radio.

goingbrokes
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goingbrokes
2016-08-09 04:10
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Agree Jens they’re not European special forces, nor American. The only SF who could conceivably fight alongside the jihadi scum are the Israelis. They have a national interest in Syrian chaos. With access to satellite and drone intel they identify a weak point in defensive lines and get the scum to attack it like crazy. After taking a point they withdraw and repeat! They wear masks to look dangerous but also so they cannot be identified in Go-Pro videos and photos. I bet they also have phoney jihadist names, lol!

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jc jc
2016-08-08 23:51

Terrorist assault forces all wear masks? and immediately withdrawn after securing a site. May be, these are American, or NATO special forces, or Israeli, or hired mercenaries from private security contractors like “Blackwater” Russia should start dropping those thermo-Baric bombs to wipe out thousands of these terrorists and unmask these s.o.b.’s.

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light
2016-08-08 20:46

Yea, those guys with masks are US soldiers, SEAL-6

MENA_Conflict
MENA_Conflict
2016-08-08 20:44

follow on story: Rebels gain entire armored corps after recent SAA retreat.

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Jens Holm
2016-08-08 21:33
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Better make realitic jokes than getting angry. Thank You – I needed a little laugh in all that misery.

RZ
RZ
2016-08-08 20:42

@leithfadel now all jihadists know the exact number ????????????

féadfaidh
féadfaidh
2016-08-08 20:33

doubtful. even if true why did they wait. incompetent leadership.

Lord Suat Stark
Lord Suat Stark
2016-08-08 20:32

then, what will happen to other fronts?

The Stranger
The Stranger
2016-08-08 20:31

Thats a lot of Armor….

hypo333
hypo333
2016-08-08 20:55

I don’t know how much those 100 tanks and 400 bmp’s are going to change situation.

I think general Patton once said something like “Wars are fought with weapons but they are won by men!”

SAA needs more manpower!

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Jens Holm
2016-08-08 21:57
Reply to  hypo333

Thats right. When US in 1938 only had 125.000 troops and no gear for figting the Japanese and later on in Europe one of the first very big step was to make hobby-looking very good soldiers to men even having weapons in the beginning saying da.-da-da, boom for handgranates and so on. Israel couldnt defeat all the arabs, if they were like the arabs. If possible and arabs want to take Israel there must be changes in more then flags. Think its a very good example, where arabs has learned nothing too despite of loosing 1948, 1956, 1973. Nusra and… Read more »

bored muslim
bored muslim
2016-08-09 17:40
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Israel lost to a militia(Hezbollah) in 2000 and 2006, with a huge manpower and equipment advantage. The Arabs lost to Israel because Israel was heavily aided by the U.S., Britain and French. In the coming future, Israel will be no match for the Shia crescent even with their strong airforce and useless nukes. A conflict that will essentially remain conventional due to mutual assured destruction. If Israel decided to go nuclear, Iran’s ballistic arsenal would wipe Israel off the map. Israel’s days are indeed numbered. This coming from a Sunni Muslim, btw.

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Christos
2016-08-08 21:01

For years id been wandering why a part of those terrorists been wearing masks. Are they part of a big deception or do they need to hide their nationality?

Yonatan
Yonatan
2016-08-08 21:15

Masked troops are NATO mercenaries?

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Jens Holm
2016-08-08 22:08
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Of course they are not. Nato will never send well educated soldiers to that kind of slaugterbench. Nato forces in the whole region help “the right ones” behind own lines. Small groups comming around very hidden and make big sabotage, captuiring highly rank enemy soldier or lazer pinpointing targets for smart bombs – Something for that. The only have a small amount of reel troops north of Bagdad – as I know it and Turks are protecting the building up in Insirlik. Well, thats what i know. Im sure Nusra & Co get some help from anyone they can but… Read more »

bored muslim
bored muslim
2016-08-09 17:43
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No, they are foreign special troops from Britain, France and the U.S, Turkey; you see, they are desperate to get their citizens trapped in the cauldron out. The said powers have hundereds of spooks, military advisors and such trapped. They are doing everything they can to get them out. This scandal will be exposed soon.

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aurelien clave
2016-08-08 21:29

Too late.

Northern Jedi
Northern Jedi
2016-08-08 21:16

sounds like one additional zero too much 🙂

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2016-08-08 22:37

I don’t totally agree on the conclusion : it depends on if Putin agrees or not to use serious thermobarics or maybe if SyAAF got supplied in those : This is a 2000lbs thermobarics AKA fuel-air AKA vacuum bomb effects : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmRASCHJe2Q US built then the 6800kg “Daisy Cutter” then the 11 tons MOAB (massive ordnance air burst AKA mother of all bombs) but russians did much better : what westerners call FOAB (f*****g ordnance air burst AKA father of all bombs)… Daddy may seem lighter than mummy : only 7,1 tons… but it’s MOAB² (square if you prefer). You’ve… Read more »

bored muslim
bored muslim
2016-08-09 17:48
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What the SAA and allies have done is very smart, they feign a tactical withdraw, thus drawing the militants out then hammer away. Also, if the militants have armored vehicles, the Russians could use ‘sensor fused weapons’, google that.

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Prince Teutonic
2016-08-08 22:46

They are nuts…

Saša
Saša
2016-08-08 22:44

should have done it way b4 the rebel attacks.. f**k it
#SAA is sometimes like a Kinder surprise
U’re never sure what’s inside

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goingbrokes
2016-08-09 04:25
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Not b4 Sasha! This armour is useless in urban conflict and would have been easy prey to the jihadi ATGMs they seem to have an endless supply of. This amount of armour points to one thing – a rapid encirclement over open country! Now that the jihadi scum are on the move in and near Aleppo a lot of them can be trapped there! Without supplies it will become a death trap! If they want to avoid encirclement they have to leave now!

Jack Freeman
Jack Freeman
2016-08-08 22:31

I swear, if Russia throws another hissy fit when the counter attack begins I will actually believe Russia is the Wests b***h.

Javier Sanchez
Javier Sanchez
2016-08-08 23:20

are u rdy for kill pests???

Christos
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Christos
2016-08-09 09:11

Always wanderend who these masked men are, seems important to hide their faces, probably to hide their foreign nationality.

Mike
Mike
2016-08-09 12:50

Lol if they this allthis is gona scare the SAA they are Wrong and will be obliterated soon

Anomir Nimusovic
Anomir Nimusovic
2016-08-09 18:40

If Al Nusra take that armor it will be fireworks ! Take care !