Motorcycle Brakes, Machine Guns & an Armed Revolution That Learns.
Not long back, the At War blog profiled the novel repurposing of a disc brake from a motorcycle on a garage-job machine gun mount. That set-up turned up in Tal Rifaat, Syria.
Recently we encountered an almost identical system in Jebel al Zawiya. This suggests that among Syria’s antigovernment fighters and those who support them, there is more collaboration — and collective learning — than might meet the eye, and that there are crosscurrents running through the Syrian makeshift arms industry that ensure smart innovation is copied. These are more indicators of a maturing fight.
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Top, Majed al-Mohammed, a retired Syrian army sergeant major who now commands a rebel fighting group, with his truck-mounted 14.5-millimeter machine gun. Bottom L, more detail. Bottom R, a disc brake on a motorcycle parked outside a mosque in Deir Sonbul. By the author. Last week.