Thomas Wictor

MOUT: military operations on urban terrain. Not for lunatics

MOUT: military operations on urban terrain. Not for lunatics

Nearly all of the combat taking place in the Middle East is MOUT: military operations on urban terrain. Soldiers must undergo extensive training in order to succeed at MOUT. The Los Angeles Police Department Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) taught the US military the MOUT techniques that all modern armed forces use. You’ve seen them in film and photos for years.


The US Army used the same MOUT doctrine from 1944 to 1979. From 1979 to 1993 the US engaged in no major urban combat. After the Battle of Mogadishu (October 3 to 4, 1993)—the “Black Hawk down” incident—the US military began intensively training its ground troops in MOUT that required the specialized skills of SWAT officers.

For MOUT to succeed, multiple branches of service must take part. And the fighters must not be insane.

Not real MOUT

The videos that the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement puts out show men who are completely off their rockers.

They have no skills, and they’re more dangerous to themselves than to the enemy.

The former al-Nusra Front now calls itself the Levant Conquest Front. They too recruit their fighters from mental hospitals.

These men simply lack the stability to carry out complex missions that require timetables, coordination, and the ability to communicate coherently. It had to be a deliberate choice to film this particular group.


As a form of sardonic gallows humor, the filmmakers found the most horrifying specimens in all of Syria. Like the the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, the Levant Conquest Front is simply deranged males with firearms.

Two men fire at the ground and the wall, causing bullets to ricochet in all directions.

These fighters are far more insane than they appear at first glance.

MOUT as practiced in Bellevue

This guy shoots into the earth (green arrow).


His friend then fires at the same place, as though the earth were the enemy.


The bullet ricochets.


So the guy who fired that round shoots at his own ricochet.


Mental patients. Watch the guy in black in the center of the screen below. First he hops in ecstasy, and then as he runs, he fires several rounds at the head of the man in front of him.

Another fighter shooting into the ground.

And another hopper.


Do you know how unhinged these guys are? They’re too berserk for this fellow.


He’s screaming at them to stop shooting.


There’s absolutely no way that the Syrian “rebels” took Aleppo.


The Middle East is full of schools for MOUT.

May 19, 2023 - Jordan opened the King Abdullah Special Operation Training Center (KASOTC).

November 8, 2023 - South Korea agreed to open a special-warfare school in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. South Korean Special Forces have trained their Emirati counterparts for five straight years.

March 8, 2024 - Saudi Arabia “urgently” requested that India help establish what became the King Salman Center for Mountain Warfare in Taif. The Indian army trained the Saudis extensively in counterinsurgency and mountain warfare.

March 2014 – Egypt created the Rapid Deployment Forces (RDF) based on the UAE Presidential Guard. After three training exercises with the UAE, the RDF was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula to engage Islamic State affiliates.

Saudi Arabia also has the Center and School of Paratroopers and Special Security Forces, which trains unconventional warriors. After Saudi Arabia began the war against the Houthis of Yemen on March 26, 2015, multiple Arab, African, Asian, and Central Asian nations sent troops to the kingdom. Each nation denied that their soldiers would take part in the land war in Yemen. That was true.

The Saudis and Emiratis trained Yemenis to do most of the fighting.




Foreign troops sent to Saudi Arabia in 2015 ended up in Syria and Iraq. There’s no doubt. We see many non-Arabs fighting in those countries.




All underwent intensive training that lasted several months.

Greatest skill for MOUT?

Infiltration. The more damage done to the surroundings during urban warfare, the harder it is to win. This is because ruins have more hiding places. The Allies learned this the hard way at Monte Cassino in 1944. After strategic bombers and artillery reduced the abbey to rubble, German paratroopers moved in and inflicted massive casualties on advancing troops.

This was the battlefield after the bombing.


What Arab League and allied commandos are doing in Yemen, Syria, and Iraq is going after commanders, weapon systems, and supplies instead of masses of troops. The new munitions are precision guided, and they create almost no collateral damage. A target can be destroyed, while the structures beside it remained untouched.

I can’t identify this munition.


However, it’s a fuel-air explosive (FAE) with multiple warheads that direct the force of the detonation.


The warheads channeled the heat and shock wave into empty space between buildings.

Here’s the device that an Arab League commando used to call in the strike.


It’s not a bird, because it sat and watched the explosion before flying away. Keep your eyes on the lower part of the screen.

Arab League MOUT entails sending men into cities months ahead of time to destroy military objects and create as much havoc as possible.


I believe that the Arab League began fighting in Syria since 2012. In four years, the enemy has not captured a single Arab commando. Not in Yemen, not in Syria, and not in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of the enemy are looking for these men.

Although it’s true that astonishgly advanced technology gives Arab League and allied commandos an edge, war always comes down to soldiers. The Syrian rebels have these.


While maniacs caper and cavort, here’s who’s winning the wars.



Silent, methodical, patient, and utterly lethal. They trained until they’d mastered every military skill. More importantly, they adopted an ethos of altruism. They see the big picture. It’s really not possible to express the perfection these warriors have achieved.

I studied karate for several years. My teacher told me that the most accomplished masters wear black belts that eventually fade to white, the color that the beginner wears. I didn’t understand the symbolism back then, but now I do.

Arab League and allied commandos have completely jettisoned the meaningless ornamentation that the crazy rebels think makes a good soldier. What you see in the two photos above is economy of movement, equipment, weapons, and action.

You see art. These are artists. They’re creating a new world. It’s an amazing thing to witness.

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