BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:30 P.M.) – A special forces unit belonging to the Free Syrian Army (FSA) linked Jaysh al-Nasr militant group has just graduated from its final training course in northern Hama Governorate. Pro-rebel social media has released images of the special forces unit claiming that it is now ready to conduct operations against pro-government forces in the region.
As the images shown below suggest, the special forces unit is about the size of a platoon (likely twenty to forty fighters) and is, among rebel groups, exceptionally well-equipped, possessing contemporary camouflage gear, radios and combat vests.
Based on the pictures, the final training procedures carried out by the unit seems to include a platoon-level coordinated assault exercise in which a building is stormed and a mock close-quarter fighting drill.
Militant special forces units are broadly referred to as ‘inghimasis’ (plungers) and they generally perform as shock troops during rebel offensives.