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Video: Flamethrowers, Syrian Rebel Style

by John Reed on May 30, 2012

It’s been a while since we’ve shown you any videos featuring the makeshift weapons used by rebels fighting dictators in the Middle East. Well, we’ve got one today and it’s a doozy.

The video below shows Free Syrian Army rebels attacking a government checkpoint, capturing army troops and, wait for it … using a fuel truck and its hose — you know the kind of tanker that resupplies gas stations — as a mammoth flame-thrower.

All we know about the incident is what Twitter user @NuffSilence said about the video.

Assad army sprayed: “Assad or nobody” on wall of check point in Atareb. #FSA came in & liberated it capturing soldiers

Seriously, watch a couple of minutes of combat around a destroyed Syrian army checkpoint (you’ll see a burned out Soviet-made BMP armored vehicle) and some footage of the captured troops. Then, at the 2:40 mark you’ll notice some dudes standing next to a tanker truck. For a second, it almost looks like they’re high-fiving. Then you realize they’re holding a hose and you think they must be trying to put out a fire that you can’t see.

However, it appears as if we might actually be seeing one rebel holding up the truck’s hose while his buddies light the jet of fuel that comes out of it. Next thing you know, boom, their target is a blazing inferno.

Click through the jump for the video.

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Black Owl May 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm



Oscar May 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Haha! Creativity at it's finest!


wjs May 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm

This here is a hot topic!


Anu May 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Looks like the FSA caught this week's episode of Game of Thrones. Resourceful!


Tribulationtime May 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Like videos from Lybia. Mercenaries fighting tiny shoot outs. Nor return fire, fake IED attacks, only men thirty or forties, no main stream media on the ground, nor emblematic famous places you can reckonize, nor helos or planes, and always the say bunch of guys. I feel shame for what we are doing. "Bad things happens because good people see to other way" quote, I don´t know who.


Riles May 30, 2012 at 4:32 pm



Morgan May 31, 2012 at 5:35 am

Cool story bro. When you can spell 'Libya' correctly, I'll take your comment under advisement. Maybe.


P&WengC1 June 6, 2012 at 5:10 pm

What the hell are you trying to say? Because none of us here speak jibberish!


Technoweapon May 30, 2012 at 4:30 pm

The roof, the roof, the roof is on fire. We don't need no water let the motherfkr burn.


eirikr1 June 1, 2012 at 10:38 am

Burn! muthaFkr, Burn!


deusvolt May 30, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Assad is running a coalition government of muslims, christians, and alawites. These rebels are islamic fundamentalists who are seeking a new caliphate – we shouldn't support them – did we not learn our lesson with the Taliban coming back to bite us?!


Morgan May 31, 2012 at 5:36 am

Any coalition government of Muslims, Christians and Alawites that massacres its own civilians… well, I don't want that government in power. In any country.


WRG01 May 31, 2012 at 11:22 am

I agree. Saddam ran a coalition government as well…Sunni and Christian. Theocracies in general are bad. Ask American Nuns how they feel about the Vatican….


Ross July 31, 2012 at 4:08 am

The FSA are a coalition from all segments of Syrian society. There hasn't been an Alawite or Christian town massacred but the army has been butchering towns that have protested against the regime. Most Syrians just want peace and democracy. There is nowhere near enough support for Islamists in Syria for them to form a government in the near future.


Jeff May 30, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Those crazy Syrians.


Black Owl May 31, 2012 at 2:18 am

I can't believe this has happened…

So I need to warn everyone that next time an article about the F-35 comes up I'm going to make a statement that is going to make a lot of you guys really happy. I gave my paper to an FA-18 pilot and he wrote me a review of it. We talked and we came to some pretty enlightening conclusions. Well, I'll save it for later…


Markos May 31, 2012 at 6:22 pm

You can't even wait for a relevant thread to start advertising your work? Why are you "making statements" via the comments section of someone else's blog?


Richard May 31, 2012 at 9:25 am

This is old news, Arnie used this method in 'True Lies', and used it well. It was a documentary about a spy combating Islamic radicalists :)


Richard May 31, 2012 at 9:31 am

Also, it looks like all they did was coat the building with fuel, then light it. Not lighting the spray as it comes out of the nozzle in order to look bad ass, which would be an actual flame thrower.


SJE May 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm

WWII flamethrowers would also sometimes douse objects in fuel and then light it. Worked very well on bunkers.


Rebelscum May 31, 2012 at 11:51 am

This kind of shit is soon going to happen in my country Spain. I am taking ideas


Morgan June 2, 2012 at 8:06 am

If you're one of those cool Basque guys that plants bombs outside schools, then hopefully you get your a$$ kicked.


Pappa51 May 31, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Anyway you look at it they are killing a lot of people over there. It would seem that sooner or later one side is going to run out of soldiers. Assad is one bad SOB; and the Muslim brotherhood isn't any better. I only with some one could get in there and stop both sides. Assad needs to go, and has for a long time. Right now he's trying to be a bigger Bad *** than his Daddy. and I think he just might be. He needs to look at some reality, and leave with a great deal of the countries money and go some place that he can keep out of trouble. All of this is leading up to an aggressive Muslin middle east. Sooner or later Assad will be gone and the Muslin Brotherhood will have one more country to arm against Israel. Too bad too; the regular people over there are tired of war. and I think would like to just raise their children up to not blow themselves up because some E-mamm told them too. I would be more incline to believe what the Talibin and the like have to say if the bosses would do some of the blowing up personally. Seems to me that they would have a little more credibility …
Well that's my opinion… you all think what you want.


Tom June 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Thats great product placement by Pepsi…


Cardinal June 14, 2012 at 12:01 am

Well the domino theory exist here in the arab spring , one by one arab countries falling in to the hands of the so called reformist,revolutionaries, when in fact they're actually " islamists", out to create a caliphate for a world dominations . As soon as they got on their leader's heads , they start to scream for the complete annaihilation of " Israel". Watch out the big " MB ", is on you door step .


C I A July 13, 2012 at 10:49 pm



John Russell October 29, 2012 at 6:23 pm

OK! OK! OK! which one of you brave souls of MUHAMMED want to hold the end of this big fuel pipe while I light it up and shoot it at the enemy>>> WHAT? NO VOLUNTEERS WHAT???CMON you all made your peace with ALLAH this morning right? ahhhhhh! LMAO! yeah right?


Nenad May 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

Yeah, I would just add that regime is linked with Hamas and Hezbollah, while rebels seems to be linked with all sort of Islamist even Al Qaeda. No good guys there. And just look at Egypt and Libya today, in short: total chaos, with rise of radical Islam(Muslim Brotherhood and Wahhabi). Arab spring is total lie, it's actually Islamist winter.


Jayson May 31, 2012 at 9:53 am

Totally support ya. Muslim societies know nothing but violence and hatred and war all through history. Let them fight it out amongst themselves, they are leaving everyone else alone then. Just don't let them Nuke it out, that can't happen – Iran that's you and Pakistan is walking a very thin line and getting thinner everyday.


Nenad May 31, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Not exactly, there are moderate ones, but simply they are not in power and to be honest, they seems to be outnumbered by fanatics. Still I hope for peace, even fanatics in Iran make some rational decisions. Perhaps they would accept something like deal over Cuba: no nukes no invasion, that could be a start.


Charles May 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Um, maybe you forgot who was both preserving Greco-Roman knowledge while simultaneously pioneering science, math, medicine, and astronomy…all while Christendom was busy burning Jews and groveling in filthy ignorance. From the sounds of it, if Fox News doesn't report it, you probably don't know it and instinctively reject it. But don't let some facts spoil your ignorant, xenophobic ramblings!


Citizen of the world June 1, 2012 at 2:44 am

First, there are plenty of large, moderate, mostly Muslim countries, such as Indonesia and Turkey. As far as violence, how quickly we forget the West in the 20th century … or what the U.S. just did in Iraq.

The problem isn’t any particular race or religion, it’s the haters in all races and religions.


chuckytee June 2, 2012 at 3:28 pm

trying to hijack a persons thread, post is just bad manners sir.


Rann Xerox June 3, 2012 at 12:16 am

I was with you with your comment till you started to single out a news network that I assume you disagree with (maybe CNN, MSNBC, or even NPR or the only givers of unbiased truth).

The problems in the Middle East has far more to do with corruption and ignorance then any one religion.


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