[Marxism] Aug. 19: Associated Press: "New Report Warns of Anti Aircraft Weaspons in Syria"

DW dwaltersmia at gmail.com
Tue Aug 19 07:40:59 MDT 2014

[This is from a news item from AP today. It's doesn't seem completely
logical considering that the Syrian gov't is still using direct-drop barrel
bombs by *hovering* helicopters...that they would be easily taken out by
MANPADS. Still, it's worth considering---DW]

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred
portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists
and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a new report
by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the
missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists.

The report was released just hours after the Federal Aviation
Administration issued a notice Monday to U.S. airlines banning all flights
in Syrian airspace. The agency said armed extremists in Syria are "known to
be equipped with a variety of anti-aircraft weapons which have the
capability to threaten civilian aircraft." The agency had previously warned
against flights over Syria, but had not prohibited them.


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