Wednesday, June 12, 2013

(Updated) VIDEO Confirmed: SA-7 Missiles Are in Terrorist Hands

A Syrian rebel opens fire on a government helicopter with a shoulder fired missile - the SA-7, Stinger or MANPAD. It's almost sure Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has them too

The video was posted on June 10. It’s unclear what happened afterwards.

UPDATE: Photocopies of SA-7 surface-to-air missile manuals have been found by French forces during their land assault in Mali earlier this year. They also discovered SA-7 battery packs and launch tubes. The manuals lay in stapled stacks, handouts for a class of Al Qaeda aligned fighters. It is a detailed guide, with diagrams and photographs, on how to use the weapon, which is capable of taking down a commercial airplane. The 26-page document in Arabic lay in a building that had been occupied by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Timbuktu.