onsdag 23. november 2016
Militants in Southwestern Syria Reportedly Receive Anti-Aircraft Missiles
A video released by a pro-militant television network apparently showed members of a foreign-backed militant group in Southwestern Syria in possession of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles.
The exclusive video, which was broadcast earlier this week by Orient News, points to the possibility that the US has eased restrictions on the supply of weapons to the militant groups fighting the Syrian government.
Terrorists of Ansar al-Islam militant group can be seen in the video boasting and testing low-altitude 9K32 Strela-2 missile systems in the Southwestern Syrian provinces of Dara’a and Quneitra.
“We, in Ansar al-Islam Front, have distributed several air defense systems to counter any attempt by the Syrian warplanes or helicopters, which bomb points in Quneitra Province. We have a good number of these missiles,” a militant can be heard saying in the video.
A second militant says his group and the Free Syrian Army militant group are deploying munitions and forces to the towns of al-Harra, Masharah, Sandaniya and Jabata for attacks against the Syrian government forces within the next few days.
The video came amid reports that the US government has given the green light to its allies in the Middle East to send missiles to terrorist groups inside Syria through Jordan and Turkey.
In October, a Syria observatory group reported that the terrorist groups in the Southern province of Dara'a have received a large number of man-portable air-defense systems that have been paid for by their regional Arab backers.
"The terrorist groups in Northern Dara'a have received hundreds of 9K32 Strela-2, also known as SA-7 Grail," the group said, adding that "the regional Arab countries have spent a large amount of money to purchase 9K32 Strela-2, that is called Cobra by the militants, from East European countries."
Also in September, a militant source said that the US has stated its consent with the start of arms shipments from Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
A commander of the Fatah al-Sham Front terror group, formerly known as the al-Nusra Front, also confirmed the report late in September saying that the United States provided the terrorist group with TOW missiles, which they use against Syrian army and other targets in the war-hit country.
According to the commander, Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States have also provided the militant group with military advisers and experts in usage of satellites and rockets, reconnaissance and thermographic cameras.