BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 P.M.) – The ISIS terrorist group has released a 5-minute propaganda video showing the methods and accomplishments of its snipers in the city of Raqqa against fighters of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The video shows ISIS sniper teams punching-out holes in walls, creating exceptionally concealed makeshift firing positions.
In addition to this, it can be seen that Islamic State marksmen, prior to heading out on a mission, undergo tactical briefing. This is yet more evidence as to how the terrorist group is constantly refining its operational doctrine in order to mimic modern armies.
The focus point of the entire video is a Russian jihadist (most likely Chechen) who clearly specializes in marksmanship. A number of his kills are highlighted throughout the video.
The ISIS video also shows an operational map of Raqqa city that includes colored zones of control for SDF-held (red) and contested (green) areas – this is extremely rare for Islamic State propaganda. The map is used to highlight how many SDF fighters, according to Islamic State statistics, have been killed and wounded due to the activity of the terrorist group’s marksmen.
Based on ISIS claims, SDF losses due to jihadist sniper fire appears to run into hundreds. Al-Masdar News cannot independently verify these statistics.