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Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft missiles, NBC reports
Times of Israel ^ | 7/31/12 | Staff

Posted on 07/31/2012 8:48:55 PM PDT by Nachum

Syrian rebels have acquired shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, NBC News reported late Tuesday night. According to the report, Free Syrian Army rebels claim they now have nearly two dozen surface-to-air missiles smuggled from Turkey. The exact type of missile was not mentioned in the report. Such a weapon, however, would offer a significant defense against helicopter gunships that Syrian government forces have deployed against rebel strongholds such as Aleppo, where intense fighting has raged for nearly two weeks.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 201207; 202307; antiaircraft; armssmuggling; freesyrianarmy; fsa; missiles; rebels; sams; syria; syrian; syrianrebels; turkey
Going to get even bloodier.
1 posted on 07/31/2012 8:49:04 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Great, what are the chances the jihadists get some?


2 posted on 07/31/2012 8:51:08 PM PDT by AU72
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To: SunkenCiv; Army Air Corps

ping


3 posted on 07/31/2012 8:53:59 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: AU72

Can you believe how Hillary and the MSM pulls for Al Queda. ? I hope Assaad kills them all quickly!


4 posted on 07/31/2012 8:54:04 PM PDT by marygonzo
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To: Nachum

Are these captured from the Syrian Army, or is ATF running another weapons trafficking conspiracy?

5 posted on 07/31/2012 8:55:50 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: Nachum

I just had déjà vu.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 9:00:37 PM PDT by RC one (this space intentionally left blank)
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To: Nachum

The government needs to confiscate these weapons before some innocent gets hurt. They don’t have the second amendment in Syria do they? sarc/


7 posted on 07/31/2012 9:01:51 PM PDT by Figment
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To: Nachum

That’s just great! Now we have a “Falafel and Furious” on our hands?


8 posted on 07/31/2012 9:05:22 PM PDT by REDWOOD99 ("Everyone should pay taxes. Everyone should pay the same rate.)
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To: Figment
The government needs to confiscate these weapons before some innocent gets hurt.

Next thing you know, they'll be shooting up movie theaters.

9 posted on 07/31/2012 9:06:29 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Oy veh, the Muslim Brotherhood with MANPADS.


10 posted on 07/31/2012 9:06:43 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: REDWOOD99

OK. That’s a keeper. LOL!


11 posted on 07/31/2012 9:08:21 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Bocephus hits a home run! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt_vjPqAVzI)
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To: Nachum

The rebels likely got a hold of a few MANPADS. Most likely the SA-18. Assad’s helo pilots are about to have alot of fun dodging these.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 9:08:53 PM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: AU72

Didn’t a bunch of those disappear from Libya?


13 posted on 07/31/2012 9:09:08 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support Senate S 1863 & House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Nachum

Coming to an airport near you soon ...


14 posted on 07/31/2012 9:10:06 PM PDT by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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15 posted on 07/31/2012 9:16:21 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Nachum; AU72

do we really have a dog in his fight?


16 posted on 07/31/2012 9:28:18 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: REDWOOD99

We have a winner!


17 posted on 07/31/2012 9:34:57 PM PDT by castlebrew (Gun control means hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: GeronL

You’re missing the big picture. obozo is interested in radical sunni supremacy and the destruction of Israel. Our, US, interests are not a factor.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 9:53:52 PM PDT by Eagles6
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To: Nachum

Now we know where some of those Libyan missiles are.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 9:58:42 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: Eagles6

Sounds like the SFA is kind of a small force and that Assad has Damascus in a tight grip. Is the SFA attempting to establish a separate state in Aleppo?


20 posted on 07/31/2012 10:02:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL
do we really have a dog in his fight?

Assad's not our boy any more than Stalin was, but it's not in our interest to have the Muslim Brotherhood control Syria, just as it was a good thing that the Nazis never got to conquer Russia.

21 posted on 07/31/2012 10:03:06 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: GeronL
Sounds like the SFA is kind of a small force and that Assad has Damascus in a tight grip. Is the SFA attempting to establish a separate state in Aleppo?

It's one of many possibilities - (1) they assassinated four bigwigs, and believe the high command is in disarray and the regime only needs a nudge to collapse, (2) they are getting picked apart piece by piece and need the regime to focus its efforts in one area so that they can regroup elsewhere, (3) they need to show progress in order to get their foreign funders to continue ponying up cash, (4) they have the regime on the ropes and see this as the death blow or (5) they are being a little impatient and have decided to bet it all on one roll of the dice. My guess is that it's a combination of 1, 2, 3 and 5. I think Assad will get this cleaned up pretty quickly because he is willing to do the one thing that works well in countering insurgents - massacring the civilians providing logistical support for them (whether out of sympathy for their cause or coercion). The Mongols are probably the most notorious example, although the Nazis came pretty close - guerrilla warfare was a minuscule problem in Nazi-occupied Europe, although not as insignificant as it was for Mongol-occupied lands.

22 posted on 07/31/2012 10:14:42 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Zhang Fei

I think you are probably right on the money.

....

What do you think about the coup in Mali (Al Qaeda take over?) and Guinea-Bisseau (new narco state?) (sic)?


23 posted on 07/31/2012 10:28:50 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Nachum; AU72

the rebels ARE jihadis. they are chasing Christians out of Aleppo etc.


24 posted on 08/01/2012 12:51:59 AM PDT by Cronos (**Marriage is about commitment, cohabitation is about convenience.**)
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To: Nachum

It would be very interesting to know exactly what type of portable SAMS the rebels are getting. That is, are they Russian or Chinese make, or western designs? I would not be surprised if the administration or one or more of our NATO allies are quietly arming the rebels through various back channels. No proof of that, of course. Just a gut feeling.

As for the conflict in Syria itself...man, talk about no winning option. Assad is a butcher, the rebels have links to Al Qaeda (or, in some cases, *are* Al-Qaeda), and the Syrian people are getting massacred between the two.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 1:21:36 AM PDT by DemforBush
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To: DemforBush

Big news that seems to be ignored about Syria, Assad has concluded talks with the Syrian Kurds giving them independence leading to uniting the Kurds in Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey....this little NATO/MB/ Saudi intervention may have just opened up the whole region to war.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 7:17:25 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: GeronL
What do you think about the coup in Mali (Al Qaeda take over?) and Guinea-Bisseau (new narco state?) (sic)?

Don't have the foggiest. Sub-Saharan Africa has always been a mystery to me.

27 posted on 08/01/2012 1:17:18 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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