We interrupt your growing anxiety at America's emergent cyberpunk dystopia for a tense missive from the Syrian War. In this video, an explosive-laden suicide truck bears down on a position held (reportedly by French special forces with the SDF) near Raqqa. The perspective on the video makes it hard to tell, but the vehicle is well-armored and only seconds from putting the defenders in serious trouble. Bullets ricochet off; a missile sails past its target. It is not long before everyone is becoming quite alarmed at the driver's progress. What happens next, though, will probably not surprise you.
A transcript of the French soldiers, by Olivier-FR:
00:04 FR : Prepare the Milan
00:05 FR : Quick quick quick
00:08 EN : Shoot him shoot him
00:09 FR : Yeah confirmed confirmed
00:12 FR : 1700 1700 meters ... 1700 ... 1700 meters
00:22 FR : 1400
00:24 FR : Yes it is one ... it is one (suicide vehicle)
00:28 -- 1st missile goes away (Milan)
00:31 FR : Kill it kill it kill it... kill it kill it kill it
00:36 -- 1st missile miss
00:38 FR : Missed missed
00:40 FR : 800 meters
00:41 -- 2nd missile away (Javelin, in top-attack mode)
00:46 -- Car is destroyed (Can see the missile in 2-3 frames)
00:51 FR : Good job
00:54 FR : Cautious, lay down lay down (debris)
00:59 FR : We prepare another... we prepare another (missile)
01:10 FR : Watch out you with your gun, in my back
Previously in suicide trucks making alarming progress.
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