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Islamic State might have taken
advanced MANPADS from Syrian airfield

Washington Post, by Thomas Gibbons-Neff

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Posted By:JoniTx, 8/25/2014 7:49:41 PM

Islamic State militants stormed a Syrian airbase over the weekend, routing the remaining elements of the country’s army from northern Raqqah province and reportedly seizing a cache of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles. The seizure of Tabqa air base, while not the first installation of its type to fall to militants, highlights the Islamic State’s gains in the region and the group’s continued pilfering of advanced military equipment, particularly the surface-to-air missile systems known as MANPADS, short for Man Portable Air Defense Systems. Matt Schroeder, a senior researcher at the Switzerland-based research group Small Arms Survey and author of a recent report

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: grampus, 8/25/2014 9:32:24 PM     (No. 9980989)

An administration on its toes would have known exactly where the MANPADS were and would have had a cruise missle on target just as soon as the barbarians captured the air base.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: bighambone, 8/25/2014 11:12:35 PM     (No. 9981115)

Once the US starts flying missions over Syria there is a danger that US aircraft could be shot down by the Russian supplied modern anti-aircraft missiles there ranging from large ground to air missiles to the MANPADS. If that happens it will make Obama look bad and that will effect his legacy so you can bet that is going to be a big factor that Obama will take into consideration before he authorizes any sort of air war over Syria.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/25/2014 11:29:53 PM     (No. 9981127)

G-d save US all because Zippy can´t and won´t.
We are approaching WWIII.

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