BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:18 P.M.) – ISIS has released what appears to be the first small reel of footage by the terrorist group of its fighters engaging pro-government forces in southeastern Raqqa Governorate.
Whilst only about one minute long, the video shows ISIS attempting to fend off pro-government forces in the vast desert spaces of southern Raqqa Governorate.
ISIS can be seen to be employing light infantry and a Toyota pickup mounted with 23-mm ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft gun which fires an exceptionally high proportion of red tracer rounds, likely to try trick pro-government forces into believing that they are being engaged by greater numbers than is actually the case (this being a typical tactic used by the jihadist faction).
Near the end of the video, it appears that ISIS uses a tank (although it cannot be seen) to hit an army position at some isolated village out in the desert.
Whether the forces ISIS is engaging in the footage are the elite Tiger Forces of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) or pro-government tribal fighters cannot be determined as virtually all the fighting is taking place at stand-off ranges.