ISIS Just Looted Advanced Weaponry From A Crucial Assad Regime Air Base In Syria

ISIS Militant - Photo from Twitter

ISIS fighters managed to loot SA-16 man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), Sidewinder missiles, and even MiG-21B fighter jets.

It is extremely unlikely that the militants have the manpower or the expertise to make use of the jets or the Sidewinder missiles. But the MANPADS pose dangers of their own.

SA-16 MANPADS are shoulder-mounted homing missiles that are relatively simple to use. A missile fired from an SA-16 can reach an aircraft flying as high as 16,000 feet. This would put low-flying aircraft and helicopters at risk of being targeted by the jihadists, raising additional challenges for carrying out airstrikes against ISIS.

ISIS relies on looted military equipment from Iraqi and Syrian military bases. The group has a sizable arsenal of U.S. military equipment, which it seized after taking control of military bases in the major Iraqi city of Mosul.

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1 thought on “ISIS Just Looted Advanced Weaponry From A Crucial Assad Regime Air Base In Syria”

  1. I guess we will have to ask when we travel International if they intend to fly over the MiddleEast
    If the answer is yes -cancel

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