After some nine months AlHayat release the eighth in the series “Inside the Caliphate” with some interesting details in the sixteen minutes of old battle videos cobbled together with some off the shelf animations and transitions.
The basic story-board is set up with Telegraph chat messages interspersed with narrated decrees glorifying terror events such as the Pulse NightClub event and strangely a few clips from the Boston Marathon bombing, together with battle fire fights accompanied with the ubiquitous chant like atonal music vibrating in background. (Inside the Caliphate 7)
Details include this slide with Anonymous.
The use of Final Cut Pro shows the use of an Apple work station.
The use of lower third news items attempts to add credibility.
Parliament question time, November 14th, 2017 with defence minister Marise Payne outlining Australia’s continued support in the eradication of Deash in the region. In June 2017 the exercise was “downgraded” (here)
The joint security exercise (here) from Novembver 19th, 2017.
“Australian AP3C Orion surveillance planes supported the Armed Forces of the Philippines against terrorist groups in Marawi City. Although the crises was declared over in October, mopping up and clearing operations continue.”
Thirty minute video released from Raqqah titled “And (we are) the best Responders which sets about showing the methods Daesh are using to turn Raqqah into a giant mine feild. Not short on resources, the unexploded munitions dropped by coalition forces are used to make drone bombs or small anti personal mines and grenades.
The workshop with its home made press and lathes slowly churn out munitions which are then shown being placed strategically.
Drone munitions are used to agitate and disrupt. Made from wood they make more noise than damage but have an effect of demoralising an opposition.
The dialogue is delivered in usual Islamic State order, the audio slightly off cued, (small insects buzz about), but this does n’t dilute the message or the resolve of Daesh who will fight until they are thoroughly dead, that alone sets them apart from Coalition forces and outweighs all the advanced battle field technology, and is the basic ideal behind Mao’ist guerilla warfare which, over seventy five years, has been machined and calibrated into a warfare science. “Let the enemy supply you.”
This notion of “thoroughly dying” is alien to Coalition forces who only have one thing in common with Daesh, neither of them are from this region, and both fighting over a dusty old city in the middle of oil rich territory. Sounds familiar?
The video is full of details, such as the women who set fires, possibly to obscure the smell of rotting bodies.
YPG fighters can be seen running around the streets, (from BBC Channel 4).
Throwing stones to draw out Daesh positions, which ends up backfiring, (note the drawing on the wall.)
One building which has a YPG flag aloft ends with a missile arriving directly through a window.
Notes – Two other events released 29th September through Amaq show a hit on a PKK bulldozer.
Followed by a VBIED attack on Russain and Syrian forces near Mazloum east of the city of Deir al-Azur.
Above, second from right, Abu Abdillah al Muhajir.