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Syria rebels get new AA missile systems

2012-11-29 22:16

Washibgton - Syrian rebels have recently obtained up to 40 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing Western and Middle Eastern intelligence officials.

Some of the missiles were supplied in the past weeks by Qatar, the newspaper reported, citing two unnamed Middle Eastern intelligence officials with knowledge of the matter.

"It should be worrying to everyone," one of the officials said. "When [Syrian President Bashar] Assad is finished, terrorists could end up with these, and commercial flights would be at risk."

The US government has opposed arming Syrian rebels with such weapons, fearing that they could eventually land in the hands of terrorists. US intelligence officials declined to comment on the report.

The report comes after the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday that the Syrian rebels downed an army helicopter with a ground-to-air missile.

"It is the first time that the rebels have shot down a helicopter with a surface-to-air missile," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

The Britain-based Observatory said the missile was part of a consignment newly received by the rebels that had the potential to change the balance of forces in the 20-month conflict.

More than 40 000 people have died since the conflict erupted in March 2011, according to the Observatory.

Comments
  • albert.m.burger - 2012-11-29 22:34

    Early xmas gift from uncle obama. Love and kisses

      albert.m.burger - 2012-11-29 22:36

      Never thought Doha would be santa's little helper.

  • SoBit.BeitSo - 2012-11-29 23:11

    straight after de fall of Asad that missiles is going to be in Gaza to give the Israelis a shock

  • rude.awakning - 2012-11-30 04:55

    snif! Snif! I can smelll the wrotting stink of double standards here! The US and partners accused others of arming syria and causing a nery high death toll! Made china and russia out to be the bad ones, whilst doing exactly the same thing to achieve their desred outcome! Sneaky, very sneaky! While the bodiy count continues! How do you sleep at night?

      rude.awakning - 2012-11-30 22:21

      atleast justify your thumb down with a mimimum one line comment....jack ...!

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-11-30 23:07

      . Lets just get this right.!! For 20 months, these assad terrorists ; Fire Russian made missiles from Russian made tanks, into residential apartment blocks! Shoot live, Russian made ammunition, from Russian made helicopters on women and children!! Drop Russian made bombs, including Russian made cluster bombs, from Russian made war planes on residential areas!!! And everyone should sleep well !!!! But now that the Syrian opposition is fighting back, no one should sleep any longerr in peace.....!!!!!!! To me that does not only smell of wrotting stink of double standards, but is utter BS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      rudiwaan.joseph - 2012-12-03 06:00

      africa... I suggest you clear your sinus of the cow dung that usually builds up as a result of talking crap! Hence the smell of BS! It doesnt matter who is on the receiving end.....wrong is wrong!! If assad is a murderer then so are the western leaders whos supplying weapons to bandits with the sole purpose of overthrowing a government. Why dont you ask them to do the same in Zim and Swaziland! Or are you leaving that to your mate...Malema to clog his sinus with?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-03 06:45

      Rudiwaan, Let me suggest, that you must be smelling yourself ! """assad is a murderer and so are the Russians, whos supplying weapons to terrorists with the sole purpose of protecting a dictatorship""" Now, I have not heard you critizising the Russians, during the last 20 months!!!!!!!!! Talking about BULLSH.T !!!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-12-03 06:47

      Rudiwaan, I must, although ,congratulate you, on getting three 'thumbs up' within 10 minutes of posting your comment. Well done !! Tell me, how you do this !!!!!!!!!!!!

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