The video kicks off quickly, with an AQ pick-up loaded with several Jihadist’s rapidly approaching a haphazardly built checkpoint manned by several Houthis. With a couple men in the bed of the truck, they engage the Houthi guards at minimal distance and quickly begin dropping the stunned defenders. One Houthi gets all of a few meters before being gunned down – the others die mostly where they stood. Now off the truck, the AQAP fighters continue to savagely pump rounds into the lifeless corpses before stripping their weapons and gear. A few perfunctory Jihadist cheers and they load back in the pick-up. They eliminate the checkpoint and are back in their vehicle in just about 90 seconds.

Checkpoints are a common sight in the Middle East and the third world. A couple, maybe three or four soldiers, policemen, or rebels manning a post providing security or intimidation (depending on who you talk too). They’re an easy way for a fledgling and technologically unsophisticated government to project power and control movement; saturating populated areas with armed men. However, they’re also a very common tool amongst rebel and terrorist groups during uprisings and civil wars. Similarly projecting power and influence, they also provide the rebel group with a convenient means to intimidate and economically extort from the population. For any faction, they are also vulnerable to attack which is brutally apparent in this video.

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