June 7, 2015
Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
Charly015 blog published an exotic photo with the so-called “Iraqi Rambo” Abu Azrael against the backdrop of a TOS-1A Solntsepyok heavy flamethrowing system.
Abu Azrael reportedly belongs to one of the Shia armed formations which are fighting against ISIS militants alongside the Iraqi Army, and commands considerable respect and popularity in his country. Though at first glance it is difficult to distinguish a pro-government soldier from the bearded militants of the terrorist regime who keep the entire world in terror.
J.Hawk’s Comment: It’s always interesting to know who is taking the receipt of Russian arms, and the fact that it’s not just the hapless Iraqi army but also the rather more capable and more motivated Shia militias that are receiving them is reason for hope. It’s also consistent with the pattern of Russian support for, or at least a benign attitude toward various Shia entities, including Iran and Syria.