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(The Atlantic)   Apparently, Syrian rebels are using weaponry made by Acme and are being trained by Wile al-Coyote   (theatlantic.com ) divider line
    More: Interesting, trickery, coyotes, Syrian rebels, Syrians, antiaircraft guns, Aleppo, Abu Hamza, Free Syrian Army  
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2013-03-01 02:21:55 PM  
Ingenuity and resourcefulness with the materials available.  No surprise there.
 
2013-03-01 02:22:31 PM  
>LOOK
>you are in a bombed out city surrounded by government  troops.
>INVENTORY
>safe, piano, anvil and large bottle rocket

I think I played this in the 80's
 
2013-03-01 02:24:46 PM  
If only they weren't muslims..
 
2013-03-01 02:28:56 PM  
Feinstein will have a heart attack if she sees this.
 
2013-03-01 02:31:32 PM  
I wonder how many elastic bands have broken on those homemade slingshots.  Must be a pretty terrifying "oh shiat" moment.
 
2013-03-01 02:36:01 PM  
Mythbusters: Syria
 
2013-03-01 02:37:14 PM  
FTA: "From a distance it looks rather like a big rusty metal box but closer inspection reveals"

...that it's a big rusty metal box that drives around and shoots things.
 
2013-03-01 02:42:26 PM  
You know, I'm impressed by the guts of those guys. I mean... not just anyone can hold off a mechanized army with homemade weaponry and Medieval siege machines.
 
2013-03-01 02:44:15 PM  
They couldn't knock out B. A. Baracus long enough to get him on a trans-Atlantic flight?
 
2013-03-01 02:45:47 PM  
Waiting for the grenade that says "Pick me up"
 
2013-03-01 02:48:45 PM  
It's kind of like Mad Max, if Max was a pissed off syrian guy, that dude with the hockey mask was Al-Asseid, and the leather rape bandits were government troops.
 
2013-03-01 02:50:16 PM  
#5: A Free Syrian Army member smokes a cigarette inside a factory producing improvised mortar shells, in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013.
 
2013-03-01 02:51:08 PM  
Pic 30: Samsung Galaxy Note LOL
 
2013-03-01 02:55:15 PM  

Blues_X: #5: A Free Syrian Army member smokes a his last cigarette inside a factory producing improvised mortar shells, in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013.


ftfy
 
2013-03-01 02:57:14 PM  
I gotta say, Pic 20 is kinda cool. So they basically created a drone from scrap.

Richard C Stanford: It's kind of like Mad Max, if Max was a pissed off syrian guy, that dude with the hockey mask was Al-Asseid, and the leather rape bandits were government troops.


Well they do go around raping, so they are at least playing the part
 
2013-03-01 02:58:34 PM  
18: Members of the Free Syrian Army use a catapult to launch a homemade bomb during clashes with pro-government soldiers in the city of Aleppo, on October 15, 2012. 

That's clearly a crew-served slingshot (or possibly a light ballista).
 
2013-03-01 02:59:00 PM  
I like their chutzpah!
 
2013-03-01 02:59:23 PM  

Blues_X: #5: A Free Syrian Army member smokes a cigarette inside a factory producing improvised mortar shells, in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013.


Looked like it was the machine shop where they are using lathes to make just the shell component. So there isn't necessarily explosives anywhere nearby.
 
2013-03-01 03:07:01 PM  
#20 I see their version of call of duty has more colors than yellow and brown
 
2013-03-01 03:14:42 PM  

cdn.theatlantic.com


"Hassan... I love you like only a brother-in-arms can, you're a great ack-ack man, and peace be upon you... but that mullet and fuschia shirt have GOT to farking go. Seriously, you look like a farking douchebag."

 
2013-03-01 03:14:50 PM  
Libyan rebels did it too. Gotta use what you got.
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And my favorite:

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2013-03-01 03:15:16 PM  

Cheron: >LOOK
>you are in a bombed out city surrounded by government  troops.
>INVENTORY
>safe, piano, anvil and large bottle rocket

I think I played this in the 80's


I'm not sure which is a worse fate: getting captured by Syrian government troops or being eaten by a grue.
 
2013-03-01 03:16:38 PM  
Come to think of it, I'd rather take my chances with the grue.
 
2013-03-01 03:25:51 PM  
I Googled "Sybian rebels" and there is no way in hell these things are used for battle. No way.
 
2013-03-01 03:27:12 PM  
Doing it wrong:

i309.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-01 03:41:17 PM  

TheOther: Doing it wrong:


The cameraman is the real idiot. The fake head isn't going to stop a bullet.
 
2013-03-01 03:42:31 PM  
"You've blown the main transaxle... ease down, ease down...

cdn.theatlantic.com
 
2013-03-01 03:56:55 PM  
Sybian Rebels?  I've done that GIS before.  And will again.
 
2013-03-01 04:02:12 PM  
The caption for all of these pictures could very well be:

"امسك بي الشيشة ومشاهدة هذا!"
 
2013-03-01 04:02:41 PM  
"Free Syrian Army fighters use the electronic compass of a smartphone to help them aim a locally made anti-aircraft weapon near the Menagh military airport in Aleppo's countryside, on February 17, 2013. "

Overthrowing dictators? There's an app for that.
 
2013-03-01 04:07:16 PM  
No one posted the pic of the guy on the bed with the missiles and the fat guy in the black speed o yet?
Farkers.
I am dissapoint.
 
2013-03-01 04:10:17 PM  
So the missiles and mortars being made in an actual machine shop wouldn't scare me... Launching a stick of dynamite with a giant farking slingshot, on the other hand? Wow...

I'm also getting a kick out of the missile pod mounted in the back of the truck bed. Nothing could possibly go wrong there...
 
2013-03-01 04:19:13 PM  

Mikey1969: I'm also getting a kick out of the missile pod mounted in the back of the truck bed. Nothing could possibly go wrong there..


I bet his triple A installments are steep.
 
2013-03-01 04:21:10 PM  

Mikey1969: So the missiles and mortars being made in an actual machine shop wouldn't scare me... Launching a stick of dynamite with a giant farking slingshot, on the other hand? Wow...

I'm also getting a kick out of the missile pod mounted in the back of the truck bed. Nothing could possibly go wrong there...


There is a long tradition in the Middle East of mounting aircraft rocket pods on trucks:

Libya, 2011:

resources3.news.com.au
 
2013-03-01 04:24:53 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Mikey1969: So the missiles and mortars being made in an actual machine shop wouldn't scare me... Launching a stick of dynamite with a giant farking slingshot, on the other hand? Wow...

I'm also getting a kick out of the missile pod mounted in the back of the truck bed. Nothing could possibly go wrong there...

There is a long tradition in the Middle East of mounting aircraft rocket pods on trucks:

Libya, 2011:

[resources3.news.com.au image 650x366]


I love how gingerly the guy in the foreground is adjusting it.  He's all 'ahh, shiat, if I sneeze I'm going to have to explain to the parents of every girl I date that I wasn't caught shoplifting, also why I am headless.'
 
2013-03-01 04:25:26 PM  

cgraves67: TheOther: Doing it wrong:

The cameraman is the real idiot. The fake head isn't going to stop a bullet.


I really don't think the cameraman is standing in the line of fire considering the location of the hole relative to his position. If there was a long hallway at the end of the hole from his perspective... maybe.

I mean, you'd think if anything he'd be worried that the sniper is calling in artillery on the position where the obviously fake mannequin head is popping up. Assuming the Syrian army also doesn't use pipe bombs on slingshots.
 
2013-03-01 04:28:59 PM  

Treygreen13: cgraves67: TheOther: Doing it wrong:

The cameraman is the real idiot. The fake head isn't going to stop a bullet.

I really don't think the cameraman is standing in the line of fire considering the location of the hole relative to his position. If there was a long hallway at the end of the hole from his perspective... maybe.

I mean, you'd think if anything he'd be worried that the sniper is calling in artillery on the position where the obviously fake mannequin head is popping up. Assuming the Syrian army also doesn't use pipe bombs on slingshots.


If the Syrian Army could accurately land artillery on designated coordinates, I doubt we'd be at 2+ years of civil war.
 
2013-03-01 04:29:23 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: Mikey1969: So the missiles and mortars being made in an actual machine shop wouldn't scare me... Launching a stick of dynamite with a giant farking slingshot, on the other hand? Wow...

I'm also getting a kick out of the missile pod mounted in the back of the truck bed. Nothing could possibly go wrong there...

There is a long tradition in the Middle East of mounting aircraft rocket pods on trucks:

Libya, 2011:

[resources3.news.com.au image 650x366]


Reminds me of Command and Conquer: Generals when (as the GLA) you could scavenge stuff from the enemy wreckage and upgrade your technicals with it. One of the upgrades was a rocket pod. I always thought that was a little silly to see essentially a pickup truck with some sheet metal tied to the front shooting out rockets. Now I know that has apparently occurred in some location in real life.
 
2013-03-01 04:30:27 PM  
graphics8.nytimes.com
 
2013-03-01 04:31:18 PM  

ha-ha-guy: Treygreen13: cgraves67: TheOther: Doing it wrong:

The cameraman is the real idiot. The fake head isn't going to stop a bullet.

I really don't think the cameraman is standing in the line of fire considering the location of the hole relative to his position. If there was a long hallway at the end of the hole from his perspective... maybe.

I mean, you'd think if anything he'd be worried that the sniper is calling in artillery on the position where the obviously fake mannequin head is popping up. Assuming the Syrian army also doesn't use pipe bombs on slingshots.

If the Syrian Army could accurately land artillery on designated coordinates, I doubt we'd be at 2+ years of civil war.


I dunno, the US Army can explode someone with frightening accuracy with about as much effort as microwaving a burrito. And they've been fighting rebels operating makeshift artillery for a decade.
 
2013-03-01 04:35:38 PM  
Pic #4:  dude left the key in the chuck!  Could get maimed.    Amusing how such a thing doesn't matter so much in such conditions.

Also, regarding the numerous comments about the guy smoking - they are just machining the shell casings on the lathes there.   I'm going to guess that the actual explosives are probably not in the same room.

Fascinating series.    A lot of farm ingenuity there.

Also #25 is going to be getting a lot of love letters I suspect.   A handsome soldier if he manages not to get blown up.
 
2013-03-01 04:36:59 PM  

Treygreen13: I dunno, the US Army can explode someone with frightening accuracy with about as much effort as microwaving a burrito. And they've been fighting rebels operating makeshift artillery for a decade.


Except our artillery is hobbled by the desire not to kill people en masse.  Assad has no such qualms, his issue he sucks at the mass murder part.
 
2013-03-01 04:57:31 PM  

ha-ha-guy: Treygreen13: I dunno, the US Army can explode someone with frightening accuracy with about as much effort as microwaving a burrito. And they've been fighting rebels operating makeshift artillery for a decade.

Except our artillery is hobbled by the desire not to kill people en masse.  Assad has no such qualms, his issue he sucks at the mass murder part.


You must not know many artillery guys.

Just kidding Andrew. If you're reading this, don't blow me up.
 
2013-03-01 04:58:19 PM  
                                

harlock: Pic #4:  dude left the key in the chuck!  Could get maimed.    Amusing how such a thing doesn't matter so much in such conditions.

Also, regarding the numerous comments about the guy smoking - they are just machining the shell casings on the lathes there.   I'm going to guess that the actual explosives are probably not in the same room.

Fascinating series.    A lot of farm ingenuity there.

Also #25 is going to be getting a lot of love letters I suspect.   A handsome soldier if he manages not to get blown up.


It seems they are removing a completed unit. So it would make sense to have it in the chuck.
 
2013-03-01 05:02:22 PM  
Pic 17. Orlando Bloom. Freedom fighter
 
2013-03-01 05:24:06 PM  

Blues_X: #5: A Free Syrian Army member smokes a cigarette inside a factory producing improvised mortar shells, in Aleppo, on February 18, 2013.


They said he was hardcorps.
 
2013-03-01 05:57:30 PM  

Mikey1969: So the missiles and mortars being made in an actual machine shop wouldn't scare me... Launching a stick of dynamite with a giant farking slingshot, on the other hand? Wow...


How do you say "Necessity is the mother of invention" in Arabic?
 
2013-03-01 06:11:59 PM  

Dr Dreidel: How do you say "Necessity is the mother of invention" in Arabic?


Well, I'm not sure about the regional dialect, but I think it goes something like "Here, take this farking thing, and put it on that farking truck!".
 
2013-03-01 06:25:01 PM  

Dr Dreidel: Mikey1969: So the missiles and mortars being made in an actual machine shop wouldn't scare me... Launching a stick of dynamite with a giant farking slingshot, on the other hand? Wow...

How do you say "Necessity is the mother of invention" in Arabic?


الحاجة أم الاختراع
 
2013-03-01 06:38:46 PM  

TheOther: Dr Dreidel: Mikey1969: So the missiles and mortars being made in an actual machine shop wouldn't scare me... Launching a stick of dynamite with a giant farking slingshot, on the other hand? Wow...

How do you say "Necessity is the mother of invention" in Arabic?

الحاجة أم الاختراع


Not in foreigner Arabic, you numbskull, English Arabic.
 
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