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Produced by MAG (Mines Advisory Group) in conjunction with the UN Mine Action Service, UNICEF and other Mine Action implementing agencies, the film is currently being played in refugee camps in Iraq, with plans to target other conflict-affected Syrians through broadcast on media outlets in the region.

"UXO" is short for "unexploded ordnance" — explosive weapons such as bombs, rockets, missiles, mortars and grenades that did not explode when they were used, and that still pose a risk of detonation.

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.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH

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

(Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, a staunch opponent of President Bashar al-Assad since early in Syria’s conflict, began supplying anti-aircraft missiles to rebels “on a small scale” about two months ago, a Gulf source said on Monday.

The shoulder-fired weapons were obtained mostly from suppliers in France and Belgium, the source told Reuters. France had paid for the transport of the weapons to the region.

The supplies were intended for General Salim Idriss, leader of the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), who was still the kingdom’s main “point man” in the opposition, the source said.

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cjchivers:

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.

BBC cameraman reflects on strikes which killed his infant son as other Palestinians face similar attacks.

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. 

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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.

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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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