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The Best Cameraman in Syria Tracks Barrel Bombs Until Detonation

Published Feb. 4, 2022

A Syrian Rebel armed with a camera proves himself as the absolute best cameraman in all of Syria by tracking the entire flight path of two barrel bombs dropped from a helicopter.


If you're like me, you've seen a ton of combat footage from Syria. For the most part, the footage is usually the worst version of 90s action movie shaky cam. This video is one of the few exceptions. The cameraman in this video is extremely talented, because honestly I don't think there are many people who could track two falling objects for the length of time this guy did without losing the subject somewhere along the flight path.


For the purpose of context, this video was filmed in Darayya, Syria in 2014. The helicopter is part of the Syrian Arab Army, and at this point in the Syrian Civil War it was extremely common for the SAA to randomly push 55 gallon drums packed with explosives out of the back of their helicopters on FSA controlled territory. As you can see from this amazing shot, the barrels have had fins welded onto them in an attempt to keep them stable as they fall, but that doesn't make them any more of a guided munition.


Now, while the bombs were dropped over FSA controlled territory, it's important to remember that Syrian Civilians who were not participating in the conflict at all were often in these areas. Women, children, and the elderly were often the most common casualties from these types of barrel bomb attacks.


This is one of the clearest videos we have of the bombs impacting with the Earth. I'd say hitting their target, but the target was the entire city of Darayya.


josh brooks

Published Feb. 4, 2022

A Syrian Rebel armed with a camera proves himself as the absolute best cameraman in all of Syria by tracking the entire flight path of two barrel bombs dropped from a helicopter.


If you're like me, you've seen a ton of combat footage from Syria. For the most part, the footage is usually the worst version of 90s action movie shaky cam. This video is one of the few exceptions. The cameraman in this video is extremely talented, because honestly I don't think there are many people who could track two falling objects for the length of time this guy did without losing the subject somewhere along the flight path.


For the purpose of context, this video was filmed in Darayya, Syria in 2014. The helicopter is part of the Syrian Arab Army, and at this point in the Syrian Civil War it was extremely common for the SAA to randomly push 55 gallon drums packed with explosives out of the back of their helicopters on FSA controlled territory. As you can see from this amazing shot, the barrels have had fins welded onto them in an attempt to keep them stable as they fall, but that doesn't make them any more of a guided munition.


Now, while the bombs were dropped over FSA controlled territory, it's important to remember that Syrian Civilians who were not participating in the conflict at all were often in these areas. Women, children, and the elderly were often the most common casualties from these types of barrel bomb attacks.


This is one of the clearest videos we have of the bombs impacting with the Earth. I'd say hitting their target, but the target was the entire city of Darayya.


josh brooks

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