Far from being the 10-foot-tall invincible soldiers of Allah that their slickly-produced propaganda videos would have you believe, a recently recovered GoPro camera worn by a dead Islamic State group fighter has revealed that at least some of the Islamist militants are little more than a bunch of untrained and panicked morons.
The footage on the camera showed some of what the unlucky jihadist witnessed in his final battle, before being granted a permanent early retirement by the Kurdish peshmerga forces north of Mosul in Iraq.
Obtained by Vice News and posted to YouTube, the video provides a stark look at the limited capabilities and utter lack of training or knowledge displayed by what are presumably new recruits of the Islamic State group militants.
The video begins with several fighters saying goodbye to a suicide bomber about to head out for a mission, who makes sure to tell his friends to give his regards to his mother, before receiving a heartfelt hug from a fellow jihadist.
The video then takes a decided turn for the absurd as the remaining militants pile into a makeshift armored vehicle, likely just a regular truck with armor plating welded or bolted to the sides, and head out to battle.
Among the many shouts of “Allahu Akbar” come just as many recriminations and shouts to “Watch out!” against a man in the unit named Abu (they all seem to be named Abu), who seemed to accidentally shoot at his “brothers” and showered his comrades with hot spent brass casings from his machine gun.
The fighters scramble around the mess in the bed of their armored truck looking for extra magazines and rockets, eventually finding one, though another fighter named Abu who tried to use it showed he didn’t quite understand the concept of “backblast,” as the fire spitting out the back of his launcher “roasted” his fellow jihadis in the truck.
The first Abu gets yelled at again for once more hitting his fellow militants with hot brass while they searched for another rocket to fire at their enemy.
Unable to immediately find another standard rocket-propelled grenade in the junk strewn about, the men instead resorted to using what appears to be an old fashioned rifle-propelled grenade which uses a hand-lit fuse, though they experienced a great deal of trouble in getting the fuse to stay lit with their lighter.
Finally locating a usable RPG, one of the Abus prepares to fire it, nearly forgetting to first remove the safety, but their vehicle is hit by a Kurdish rocket before he is able to do so.
They then pile out of the smoke-filled and disabled vehicle, grabbing whatever weapons and gear they could as they realized their driver “Khattab” had died in the blast.
The “fighters” then begin to retreat, which apparently involves rolling slowly across the open desert ground while being shot at repeatedly. It doesn’t end well for them.
If the barbarities and atrocities committed by the radical Islamic State group weren’t so horrendous, this video would be utterly laughable.
As it is, the humor in this situation is somewhat tempered by the fact that while incompetent and minimally trained, these fighters picked which bandwagon they wanted to hitch their fortunes to, and they reaped exactly what they sowed.
H/T The Right Scoop
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