BEIRUT, LEBANON () – An elite shock trooper unit of the Free Syrian Army has graduated from its months-long training course in the northwestern Syrian province of Hama.
The unit, belonging to the Jaysh al-Izza militant group (a Free Syrian Army affiliate) has also been outfitted with contemporary combat gear in complementation to its special tactics training.
Though few in number, the unit’s troops are part of an elite core which are used to infiltrate Syrian Army lines during major offensive operations by rebel forces and to carry out raiding actions.
The common Arabic term used by rebel groups – including the Free Syrian Army – for shock troop units is inghimasis (plunger).
Despite a reduction in the amount of support being received by outside powers compared to previous years, Jaysh al-Izza has recently vowed to never stop fighting pro-government forces.