A self-proclaimed jihadist consulting firm has been discovered in Syria. The group calls itself “Malhama Tactical”. It’s led by “Abu Rofiq”, a Uzbek national that speaks Russian and claims that he served in the Russian Airbone Troops (also known as VDV). The group consists of mainly Uzbek nationals. It’s well equipped and trained.
Since 2016, Malhama Tactical has been operating in Syria (mainly in the area of Aleppo) as a jihadi consulting firm that allegedly conducts advice and assistance missions for other jihadi factions and occasionally serves as an elite offensive unit.
Pro-militant sources confirm that Malhama Tactical was created in Syria in 2016 and operates as a part of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) that is a part of the so-called “opposition coalition” Jaish al-Fatah. They add that the group participated in major offensive operations in Aleppo in October and in August 2016.
Some photos of the group’s members:
The group has accounts in Twitter, Youtube, Telegram and in the Russian social network “VKontakte” where it promotes itself and publishes some military tactical lessons for free.
The video entitled “Подготовка к операции деблокады Алеппо, Malhama Tactical.” shows the training of jihadists before the August attempt to break the Aleppo siege imposed by Syrian government forces:
A video of the storm of the Ramouseh Artillery Base in southwestern Aleppo allows to suggest that these guys were involved in the operation:
There are 24 videos at Malhama Tactical’s Youtube channel that more or less show the essense of this creation of the Syrian war.
One of the videos at Malhama Tactical’s Youtube shows the process of creation of improvised grenades.
There are no doubts that such entity as Malhama Tactical cannot operate without a major financial support and a cover from special services of the states supporting the terrorism in Syria.
The group’s activity clearly plays an important role in the recruiting of terrorist groups in Syria and Malhama Tactical’s content in the Internet further poses a terorist threat for any state where it is aviable.
More photos from Malhama Tactical’s social media accounts: