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More Signs of Black Marketeers’ Effort to Obscure Origins of Chinese MANPADS in Syria.

Note the spray paint on missile tube. It’s consistent with similar markings previously observed on a missile tube provided, via the SNC, to Ahfad al-Rasul. Rebels and other sources say these Chinese-made FN-6 heat-seeking missile systems were shipped to rebels from Sudan, and the suppliers sought to cover up the trail in this crude way. If you search videos showing FN-6s in rebel possession you will see the spray-paint blotches in other shots, too. For the video from which the screen grab above was snatched, via Eliot Higgins (aka Brown Moses) go here.

Battlefield Update:  Heat-Seeking Anti-Aircaft Missiles in Syria.

The risky weapon system that rebels believe they need. Overview of the weapons’ circulation in the conflict, and the arguments for and against. With details on the missiles’ uneven performance in the war, and rebel suspicions that the Qataris, who have provided them Chinese-made FN-6’s, got fleeced.

On the NYT’s At War blog.


A Syrian rebel with a recently expended SA-16 tube. By the author. A few weeks ago.


MANPADS and Syria.

Every day, all across Syria, antigovernment fighters post videos of their operations, a daily record of such volume that it is almost impossible to follow in full and do the many other aspects of this job. Many videos resemble each other, and the old and new blur together with time into a mosaic of violence that is both numbing and coherent. A few videos stand out. This new video, showing the use of what appears to be an FN-6 shoulder-fired heat-seeking missile, fits into the latter category. For months we have covered the spread of portable anti-aircraft missiles through the conflict. Once their presence became a clearly established fact we spent less time noting each development, as the news value of each sighting declined. But remember: the more familiar such sights become, the greater the danger to the Syrian Air Force, and the deeper the long-term regional security concern. It is worth noting too the value of these missiles as propaganda tools, as this video appears to show, according to those who follow each video more closely than we can from the field, a mix of a recent shot with old footage — another complication in a lingering worry, and an old game. For sustained coverage of the MANPADS proliferation, have a look at the Brown Moses blog, or At War.


New MANPADS Sightings in Syria

Arms spotters today noticed the appearance of what looks like the Chinese FN-6 series of heat-seeking shoulder fired missile in Syria. The system, which appears complete, was in the hands of an anti-government fighter. Another sign that the MANPADSs threat to the Syrian Air Force escalates, and that the regional security worries grow. For links and hat-tips to those who keep an eye out for these things, go here for the Brown Moses fast-post.  For more background, try there or there.

By LEE FERRAN | Dec. 12, 2011 

The White House announced today it planned to expand a program to secure and destroy Libya’s huge stockpile of dangerous surface-to-air missiles, following an ABC News report that large numbers of them continue to be stolen from unguarded military warehouses.

Currently the U.S. State Department has one official on the ground in Libya, as well as five contractors who specialize in “explosive ordinance disposal”, all working with the rebel Transitional National Council to find the looted missiles, White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters.

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