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Hugo Kaaman
(THREAD) A couple days ago, HTS released the 2nd episode of its “Choose your weapon” video series, this time focusing on the military use of SVBIEDs. The video was jam-packed with details, so I’ll try to unpack as much as possible here
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
Replying to @HKaaman
The video begins with a montage showing air strikes, missile launchers & other weapon systems that offer the Syrian gov. & Russia a technological advantage over HTS. Airstrike footage is from Kobane & Afghanistan
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
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Next, it segues into showing SVBIED attacks from different countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan. This contrast symbolizes the idea of the SVBIED as the “poor man’s air force” in that the weapon attempts to 'level the playing field'
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
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The video is full of SVBIED footage. A lot of it is new footage of SVBIED attacks, but there’s footage of attacks from every year of the conflict – showing angles of the vehicles as well as detonations
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
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The SVBIED footage is mixed with footage showing the manufacturing of SVBIEDs. These shots are quite interesting, as they offers insight into the assembly process in terms of what types of locations/tools are employed
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
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Throughout the video, two suicide bombers can be seen talking to the camera, and toward the end their attack is given extra attention: The double SVBIED attack on al-Hikma school in SW Aleppo city that kicked off the battle to break the siege of Aleppo in July, 2016
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
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Footage shows the modified vehicles - an up-armoured BMP-1 armored personnel carrier, and an up-armoured troop transport vehicle turned SVBIED & painted green, heading out for their target and detonating.
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
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The green troop transport vehicle is very interesting, as the colour represents the green buses the Syrian gov. uses to ship surrendering fighters & civilians away from defeated enclaves. A video from inside Aleppo city in Oct 2016 showcased similar SVBIEDs
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
Replying to @HKaaman
Earlier in the video there were short clips showcasing at least two different examples of a specific SVBIED design that I hadn't seen before. The frontal armour of the trucks had been fitted with smaller metal boxes. Function as spaced armour? I haven't a clue. Looks interesting!
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
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This analysis of the video is based strictly on my visual observations after having watched it. Unfortunately I don't speak Arabic, but if someone were to translate it I would be able to go into a lot more depth.
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Hugo Kaaman Dec 6
Replying to @CalibreObscura
An interesting detail that was first spotted by is that the file names are English. The initial trailer for the series was “CYW-trailer” (Choose Your Weapon) & this one was “VBIED-1080”. Editor(s) very likely fluent in English and knows terminology
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