Posts tagged missiles
Posts tagged missiles
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.
Among Gazans, fear of a full-scale ground invasion is replaced with periods of optimism [Safa Joudeh/Al Jazeera]
Gaza City - Gaza’s usually bustling streets are almost completely deserted, as a series of explosions rock the city, punctuated by the distant swish of rockets being launched from various locations across the Strip.
Hamas security forces, whose presence is usually intensified during a state of alert, were nowhere to be seen during recent Israeli attacks, and policemen have abandoned their posts in all but a few areas.
Outside his three-story apartment building in Tel el-Hawa, a residential neighbourhood ravaged by Israel in its 2008-09 offensive against Gaza, Operation Cast Lead, Ammar El Banna, inspected the shattered windows and dented body of his car.
U.S. Army soldiers with a Stinger missile launcher.
ALEPPO, Syria - Syrian rebels are redoubling their efforts to acquire portable anti-aircraft missiles following government airstrikes on cities and towns in the north of the country.
In the latest such strike, a Syrian Air Force jet bombed the rebel-held town of Azaz near the Turkish border, killing at least 50 people and wounding more than 100.
Rebel commanders and activists say their buyers are now scouring the arms black markets in the region to get the shoulder-fired missiles that can counter the government airstrikes.
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.