Many of us were impressed by the DIY improvisation of the rebels. What kind of expertise did the builders of these devices (remote control guns, home made rocket launchers, ect…) have before hand and what was the learning curve like. How did these improvised weapons preform in combat?
DAMASCUS, Syria — Two suicide bombers detonated cars packed with explosives in near-simultaneous attacks on heavily guarded intelligence and security buildings in the Syrian capital Damascus Saturday, killing at least 27 people.
Well, I guess now we know Al-Qaeda's in Syria.
Here's another good example of why the left, do-gooding, Ivy leaguers shouldn't get to dictate policy in DC, read (funny as hell), of all the funny shit this bone headed Kony 2012 campaign has become this takes the prize:
I was born with die-hard cynicism disorder (it sucks) so I'm skeptical as to how 'good' the outcome of this "Arab Spring" will be. With that aside, fascinating story.
When Libya started to get hot I wondered about something like this happening. I remember thinking "what if I went over there and just helped out or something" which is def. not a normal thought for me. OK maybe it is when I don't get to hunt for extended periods of time. Or it could be that all guys named Matt are just BA like that.
Great write-up Jack. Pretty fascinating fellow for certain. I would love to see more on the improvised ordnance for sure. I am afraid though he may be akin to the rebels who stormed the Bastille...they ended up at the gallows a few cycles later. With the destructive power of modern weaponry the thumbs of the islamists may be too much for the youth to overcome. I don't see a Napolean/Wellington in the future of the Arab spring (winter). Keep up the great stories. Hope to see more great ones!
@ColonelProp I got some interesting information about this issue today, not from Matt by from another source who mentioned American and British PMC's were hired to track down and destroy the weapons stockpiles before they could fall into the hands of the AQ type personalities.
@JackMurphyRGR Sweet-sounds like a great postscript to this story. Can't wait for more details as they emerge.
Weapons stockpiles from Libya are turning up in Nigeria w/ Boko Haram, who knows where the real good stuff are now.
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@hisbilly Never underestimate the American Warrior.
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I've met some that really did like us. Had a Bosnian woman tell me how great it was when the American soldiers finally came, and that always stuck with me. Kuwaiti's were pretty good, especially around Camp Doha. And during Foal Eagle the ROKs for the most part were pretty cool. A lot of Afghani's dont even know the US exists or where it is on a map.
I hope SOFREP has this guy's ISP address.
Did he call for military intervention in Libya? Is he calling for military intervention in Syria? I'm sure he's seen the Kony 2012 video, and probably for continued military intervention. It's like Georgetown produces a bunch of Samantha Power clones and their all heading for public service and setting policy. US Military: a Global Force for Good is not healthy.
Yeah, I understand people hate us around the world. But prostitutes have always been pro-US, the lady-men who get beat by Marines at Phuket or Pataya would probably disagree, but I'm saying on a whole prostitutes the world over like Americans. Hell, even Aboriginal prostitutes at Perth.
@LCpl X Because I was an American!!!! Have you been to any third world counties? They flat out hate us! Problem is the world media portrays us as fascist, murderous, raping thugs. The only people I met that really cared for us was the older generation in Europe, they lived through the Nazi's and appreciated what we had given them. The people my age and younger had no idea and view us a oppressors!
The thing that pisses me off is that VanDyke represents everything that's wrong in DC, Jack mention that Georgetown is spook central, well I'll add also diplomat central, NGO central, think tank central, these grad students live around Rosslyn and party in downtown DC, with their liberal bullshit and this is the type of shit they talk about using military might for social fucking experiments. It's great watching it in "Tears of the Sun", but when we're actually setting our policies based on youtube videos, then we'll be assed out. And more importantly why would a prostitute chuck a bottle at you?
Exactly, no interest equals no funding, but if we keep listening to liberals who want to save the world using our military, if this becomes the fad to help water these Arab springs across the world, as VanDyke wrote, then you have to ask to what end.
Check this video out it's the Kony 2012 virial video:
When you go out there, you have to make it your story, personalize it, then when you tell your story you gotta make it matter to others, why they should care about what you care about, that video is a good video, not so much the subject matter or his poltics, but on this new genre of how to make your video in youtube go virial, a lot of money in this.
Personally, I think Kony is just an African version of Peter Pan, but I guess SOF is look for this dude too. Watch and learn.
I say fuck legal, this is SOFREP. There's no lawyers at SOFREP (right?).
Dude, if you want to do something like this, I say go for it! Syria is the best place right now. It's accessible, plus you don't have to worry about jungle rot or getting cold. I know it might be more difficult without contacts to the country, but very doable. Fly into Beirut, say you're a free lance journalist, hook up with other Syrians from US or UK going to Syria to fight for freedom.
Personally, I think you should make your way to Damascus and help protect and document the Christian community there, but if you wanna go where the action is that's cool too, but since no one's documenting the Eastern Christian side, you'd be the first, take lots of videos, photos, interviews.
Remember if this guy can do it, you can too (I'm sure):
Hell, you can probably talk to Jack or Brandon and maybe they can hook you up with gear or fund your venture and make it into a SOFREP exclusive, the first of many. Worth a look. You'd be SOFREP's first foreign correspondent.
"Occasionally they would contain little pieces of paper with sayings in Arabic to encourage us. It was very inspiring."This struck me. It was a fantastic write up, and thank you for putting this on SOFREP. When you're ass deep in ass, and covered in sweat and you're tired, someone walking up to you with food and a gentle heart makes the difference.
This story just gets better and better. One day regular guy next day in the thick of the shit storm. Jack just out of curiosity did he mention if anyone from JSOC or a three letter type debriefed him? I saw he mentioned he had a friend in Group but how far are his connections?
@ArcticWarrior Matt is a Georgetown graduate which is a school overflowing with spooks so he's bound to know some people in the community by his university affiliation but I don't think he has any deeper connections than that.
One of the advantages to having weapons made from stamped Steel is almost anyone with metal working skills can fix them. I've often been concerned with the 50 yr old investment cast Aluminum M16 type. What happens in the US when every thing breaks down and you need to fix your rifle? I'm thinking it would be smart to invest in a AK-74 that is converted to 5.56x45. You would have a weapon that can be fixed and you would have the ammo that is most prevalent here in the States.
People in Africa and Asia have a greater sense of charity and hospitality than is current in the US. Years ago we would not have remarked on any of the things written above. We would have expected such behavior.