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article imageSyrian Jihadists appear to have portable anti-aircraft missiles

By Paul Iddon     Jun 15, 2013 in World
Sunni Jihadists operating in northern Syria have apparently procured a large supply of portable surface-to-air missiles that will enable the Syrian rebels to shoot down military aircraft of the Syrian Air Force.
The Guardian reports that the missiles appear to be SA-16. The video it uses to substantiate this claim was apparently made by some Chechen group of foreign fighters who arrived in Syria eager to enforce their Jihadist beliefs upon the Syrian people. The missiles, Russian-made, were apparently seized on a raid on a military base on the periphery of Aleppo airport.
The CIA has been adamant that no surface-to-air missiles go to Syria as they fear the ever growing presence of Islamist Jihadist forces such as these in the ranks of the ragtag rebel opposition will get their hands on these hi-tech weapons.
The U.S., whilst preparing to arm the rebels with at least RPG's have been coy about arming them with weapons such as these (The Telegraph outlined in a report a few weeks ago that the decision about whether or not to provide such sophisticated weaponry was/is a big issue), which if this report is valid, they already may have a number of.
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