The Blackwater of Jihad

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Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:54 pm

Heavily armed and expertly kitted with body armor and ballistic helmets, the men can be seen defending bunkers, storming buildings, and even posing by whiteboards giving tactical lessons. Though the titles of these YouTube videos are written in Russian Cyrillic, their background music is an a cappella Islamic chant known as a nasheed, which is often used by extremist groups in propaganda films. But the men are no ordinary jihadis. They are members of Malhama Tactical, the world’s first jihadi private military contractor (PMC) and consulting firm.

Malhama Tactical isn’t an enormous military conglomerate like the infamous Blackwater (now named Academi). It consists of 10 well-trained fighters from Uzbekistan and the restive Muslim-majority republics of the Russian Caucasus. But size isn’t everything in military consulting, especially in the era of social media. Malhama promotes its battles across online platforms, and the relentless marketing has paid off: The outfit’s fighting prowess and training programs are renowned among jihadis in Syria and their admirers elsewhere. It helps that until now the group has specialized its services, focusing on overthrowing Bashar al-Assad’s regime and replacing it with a strict Islamic government.

The group’s leader is a 24-year-old from Uzbekistan who goes by the name Abu Rofiq (an Arabic pseudonym that means father of Rofiq). Little is known about him other than that he cycles through personal social media accounts rapidly, using fake names and false information to throw off surveillance efforts. In virtually every video and photo posted online, he wears a scarf or balaclava to cover his face from the nose down, leaving visible only his narrow dark eyes and long, somewhat tangled, pitch-black hair. He speaks fluent Russian, but with a slight Uzbek accent.

A long article but it well documents the operations overseas and how contractor style trainers can be employed to improve on terrorists TTPs and SOPs. Outside of state sponsored terrorism, it was usually a private venture, however, this is a different spin on privatizing terrorism for pay. We witnessed stuff like this overseas, for every multi-million dollar device we create, they counter it with a $20 method or device. They also tend to copy what we do and us it against us, so this is no surprise. Their shock troops of heavily armed men with suicide vests when their ammo runs out, is definitely a brutal tactic against front line troops.


http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/10/the ... -tactical/
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Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:47 pm

ThunderStealer wrote:
Heavily armed and expertly kitted with body armor and ballistic helmets, the men can be seen defending bunkers, storming buildings, and even posing by whiteboards giving tactical lessons. Though the titles of these YouTube videos are written in Russian Cyrillic, their background music is an a cappella Islamic chant known as a nasheed, which is often used by extremist groups in propaganda films. But the men are no ordinary jihadis. They are members of Malhama Tactical, the world’s first jihadi private military contractor (PMC) and consulting firm.

Malhama Tactical isn’t an enormous military conglomerate like the infamous Blackwater (now named Academi). It consists of 10 well-trained fighters from Uzbekistan and the restive Muslim-majority republics of the Russian Caucasus. But size isn’t everything in military consulting, especially in the era of social media. Malhama promotes its battles across online platforms, and the relentless marketing has paid off: The outfit’s fighting prowess and training programs are renowned among jihadis in Syria and their admirers elsewhere. It helps that until now the group has specialized its services, focusing on overthrowing Bashar al-Assad’s regime and replacing it with a strict Islamic government.

The group’s leader is a 24-year-old from Uzbekistan who goes by the name Abu Rofiq (an Arabic pseudonym that means father of Rofiq). Little is known about him other than that he cycles through personal social media accounts rapidly, using fake names and false information to throw off surveillance efforts. In virtually every video and photo posted online, he wears a scarf or balaclava to cover his face from the nose down, leaving visible only his narrow dark eyes and long, somewhat tangled, pitch-black hair. He speaks fluent Russian, but with a slight Uzbek accent.

A long article but it well documents the operations overseas and how contractor style trainers can be employed to improve on terrorists TTPs and SOPs. Outside of state sponsored terrorism, it was usually a private venture, however, this is a different spin on privatizing terrorism for pay. We witnessed stuff like this overseas, for every multi-million dollar device we create, they counter it with a $20 method or device. They also tend to copy what we do and us it against us, so this is no surprise. Their shock troops of heavily armed men with suicide vests when their ammo runs out, is definitely a brutal tactic against front line troops.


http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/02/10/the ... -tactical/
Interesting article and comment. Thanks.

Makes me think that the top-brass jihadists aren't that religious.
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