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Terrorists In Syria Have MANPADs But Who Did They Get Them From?

By Brandon Turbeville

A Russian jet warrior commander was killed on Friday while handling over the city of Massran in Idlib range in Syria. The Sukhoi-25 craft had apparently lowered its altitude while on goal and was struck by fighters belonging to Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The commander ejected but, once on the ground, was killed with HTS holding credit for his death. However, the Russian Defense Ministry expelled a matter claiming that the infantryman had detonated a grenade in sequence to equivocate being prisoner by the notoriously vicious and monster “rebels” upheld by the United States.

The pilot, Roman Filipov, was posthumously awarded the Hero of Russia medal.

According to the Russian MOD, his last difference were “Here’s for the guys.”

While the eventuality itself was comparatively straightforward, the questions that now arise core around how HTS came into the possession of MANPADs to start with.


A series of Russian lawmakers trust they already know the answer. Indeed, several are indicating the finger at the United States. As RT reports,

Russian lawmakers have called for a consummate review on the origins of the man-portable barb launcher that was likely used by militants in Syria to fire down a Russian warrior jet before killing the commander in a firefight.

“Certainly, we will investigate, including a good many things: from the form of the MANPADS [man-portable air invulnerability system] to the resources of the Su-25 downing,” Frants Klintsevich, First Deputy chair of Russia’s Federal Council Defense Committee, told Interfax.

He hopes that justification will be accessible due to the “abundance of UAVs and space notice in the area.”

As distant as military waste go, “the detriment of one aircraft is nothing, but politically it has good stress and inclusive consequences,”Klintsevich said. Other lawmakers are endangered about how the militants could have acquired the anti-aircraft weapon. “We have information that the MANPADS used to bring down the jet was brought into Syria from a adjacent country several days ago,” MP Dmitry Sablin, coordinator of the Russia-Syria parliamentary loyalty group, told Interfax. “Countries from whose domain weapons arrive, that are then used against Russian servicemen, must know that whis will not go unpunished,” he added.

Deputy Head of the State Duma Defense Committee, Yury Shvytkin, told RIA he is prone to trust that the “MANPADS’ origins are related with Western countries.”

The American government, of course, has denied that the U.S. has supposing terrorists with MANPADs.

“The United States has never supposing MANPAD missiles to any organisation in Syria, and we are deeply endangered that such weapons are being used,” pronounced State Department mouthpiece Heather Nauert.

The solution to the attack is a return to the Geneva routine as shortly as probable and we call on Russia to live up to its commitments in that regard.

However, over being the many likely suspect, there is justification (although admittedly miss of petrify proof) that does indeed inculpate the U.S. in shipping MANPADs to terrorists in Syria.

Fighters in the Free Syrian Army have been famous to possess MANPADs for some time, with one FSA warrior even being seen in Jan with a Russian-made MANPAD. FSA is one of the oldest militant groups handling in Syria that has been upheld by the United States, Turkey, and the GCC as good as other European members of the “coalition.”

The doubt is either these fighters have come opposite MANPADs as a outcome of rapine Syrian military bases they managed to seize or either they have been supposing these weapons by their Western patrons.

This has been a doubt given as distant back as 2012. For instance, the Guardian, in its essay by Julian Borger and entitled, “Arms and the MANPADs: Syrian Rebels Get Anti-Aircraft Missiles,” it was reported on Nov 28:

Just as the roar for provision the Syrian antithesis with worldly new weapons looked to be reaching a tipping indicate in the Gulf and the west, the rebels have clearly got hold of some arms of their own.

A video of a supervision gunship being brought down by a barb outward Aleppo, a first for the rebels, emerged at the same time as European diplomats concluded to change the terms of the EU arms embargo on Syria. From Saturday, it will be rolled over for only 3 months, signalling to President Bashar al-Assad that weapons deliveries to the rebels could start at brief notice if the aerial barrage of rebel-held areas continues.

. . . . .

The warning came as the rebels’ principal backers, in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been swelling ever some-more aloud against the US halt on reserve of sophisticated, potentially wilful weapons such as shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles (widely famous as Manpads – an acronym for man-portable air-defence systems) to the rebels.

The US halt was encouraged predominantly by the fear of such a arms descending into the hands of a jihadist organisation that would then use it to bring down a municipal airliner, as al-Qaida tried to do with an Israeli craft in Mombasa in Dec 2002. Some in the Gulf states have argued that there are precautions that could be taken against such proliferation. But until now, they have stuck by the ban.

“We did this as a foster to Obama,” a Gulf source said. “But now Obama has been re-elected, there is a doubt of either we should still be firm by such an undertaking.” Shoulder-launched missiles could be bought in Pakistan or in Africa, the source added.

So far, there is no justification that any of the ground-to-air missiles used to date have come from outward Syria, according to Peter Bouckaert. Emergencies executive for Human Rights Watch.

“Everything we have seen so distant has been prisoner from Syrian army bases. We have kept a close watch on what has been coming out of Libya but we have seen no surface-to-air missiles from there used in Syria,” Bouckaert said.

Videos and declare accounts advise that the rebels have seized SA-7 missiles, a Soviet-era weapon, and the after version, the SA-16. They have also shown off training versions of a state-of-the-art Russian-made SA-24, which like its prototype uses heatseeking superintendence systems.

Over the past 10 years, Damascus has tried to buy SA-24s from Russia but there has been no tough justification it succeeded. The silver-coloured training versions speckled so distant could have been proof models or partial of a bigger package that may have enclosed live missiles.

Matt Schroeder, of the Federation of American Scientists, said: “If so, that would be the first time we have seen the SA-24 in the hands of a non-state actor. Once weapons like this get outward the control of government, it is formidable to stop them spreading.”

Rebel merger of poignant numbers of such missiles would neutralize the government’s air supremacy and connect the insurgent hold of a strip of northern Syria. It could infer to be a tipping indicate in the conflict, and a militant regard for years to come. According to one estimate, there are still 600 Stinger missiles, the US homogeneous to the SA-7, unaccounted for from the CIA-backed mujahideen fight against the Soviet army in Afghanistan.

“What is distinguished is that almost immediately, they were diverted,” Schroeder said. “Some were seized by the Soviets, and Stingers were acquired by the Iranians within a year.”

Experts are puzzled about some of the precautions suggested by the Gulf states. The justification that the battery eventually expires, thereby robbing the SA-7 of its superintendence system, has been undermined by the knowledge in Libya, where decades-old weapons seemed to duty perfectly. The thought of doling them out in tiny batches to devoted insurgent commanders and only providing some-more once they have been accounted for, by the return of used missile-tubes for example, was tried unsuccessfully by the mujahideen’s Pakistani handlers in the 1980s.

“The problem is, once you set this genie out of the bag it is much harder to control,” Bouckaert says. “There are very grave risks. It is the number-one arms on the militant selling list.”

It is critical to note that, while the mainstream media and Western governments repudiate having supposing the terrorists with MANPADs, claiming that they must have acquired them from seized Syrian military bases, the essay itself admits that there is no justification that the Syrian military was ever means to acquire the weapons seen in the hands of the terrorists.

Despite open insurgency to providing MANPADs to terrorists in Syria by the Obama administration, the U.S. Congress certified providing the weapons in 2017 (signed into law in 2016 by Barack Obama), the only condition being that the Secretaries of State and Defense yield a report to the Congress before doing so.

The report would have to divulge “intelligence findings” on the armed groups before providing them with weapons. However, one need only demeanour back to America’s “extreme vetting” of Noureddine al-Zengi, the militant organisation that beheaded 12-year-old Abdullah Issa in sequence to see that even the many extreme extremists are not deliberate off the list for American arms. Indeed, the FSA are matching to Nusra and ISIS in every way nonetheless the U.S. has continued to support, arm, train, and approach them. In other words, “vetting” and providing “intelligence findings” means positively zero in the genuine world, generally when the Congress being briefed is maybe the many bloodthirsty Congress in American history.

“Washington has placed its bets on provision military assist to anti-government forces who don’t differ than much from bloodthirsty conduct choppers. Now, the probability of provision them with weapons, including mobile anti-aircraft complexes, has been created into this new bill,” pronounced Russia’s unfamiliar method orator Maria Zakharova pronounced in a response to the new bill’s signing, reiterating that Russia noticed this pierce as a antagonistic act given MANPADs could be used against Russian planes.

Western-backed terrorists handling in Syria have prolonged demanded MANPADs which would be, in their view, a diversion changer in fighting against Russian air power. Indeed, as Syria and Russia pull serve into Idlib, we are witnessing the last mount of America’s terrorists and a diversion changer is of good prerequisite if that diversion isn’t going to come to an finish earlier rather than later.

According to Al-Masdar News, a arguable Lebanese outlet, Kurdish forces have indeed perceived MANPADs. On Jan 15, 2018, Al-Masdar reported,

Kurdish forces have perceived a conveyance of shoulder-fired surface-to-air barb systems (commonly shortened as MANPADS) from the United States per a backdoor agreement according to oppositions sources.

In what antithesis sources are referring to as an ‘independent secret deal,’ the US has granted Kurdish forces in the Afrin segment of Syria’s Aleppo range with heat-seeking man-portable surface-to-air missiles.

The send of the worldly weapons systems by the US to Kurdish militias is claimed to have taken place some time last week.

Opposition reports contend that the arms send is partial of an disdainful agreement between the US and Kurdish forces, having been outward the management of the common decision-making apparatus of the anti-ISIS coalition.

If true, then the weapons are positively to be used to give Kurdish militias some kind of air invulnerability ability in the eventuality of an attack against their forces via Afrin by Turkey-led insurgent groups.

At this point, however, we have nonetheless to see Kurds use those weapons against Turkey. However, it is also good famous that the Kurds have worked palm in palm with a series of other terrorists groups such as ISIS and the FSA (both of whom also work with the United States and Turkey), so lifting the doubt of either or not MANPADs shipped to Kurds have found their way to their substitute jihadist allies.

In addition, there stays the graphic probability that the United States military or the comprehension village have been shipping MANPADs to terrorists but informing Congress, the President, or anyone else. After all, the United States had prolonged been defending terrorists in Syria before it revelation doing so publicly. Thus it is not irrational to think that the country which instituted the dispute and armed the participants given day one continues to do so and, at the indicate where its substitute forces are the many imperiled, has motionless to yield the fighters with some-more fatal and effective weapons.

It is also utterly probable that the United States is shipping MANPADs to terrorists by a third party; i.e. Turkey, Saudi Arabia, etc. Indeed, it is not illegal to sell MANPADs to KSA or Turkey and what these countries do with them is deliberate their business. Thus, a weapons send to KSA could be finish and above house for both parties while KSA, which has been rather outspoken and open about its support for militant groups, could then spin around and sell the weapons to terrorists. The bad PR and all the successive decaying vegetables could then be thrown at KSA while the U.S. continues to diatribe and soap-box about its dignified and domestic superiority.

The one thing that is for certain, however, is that the terrorists have MANPADs, even if the source is unclear. Indeed, in November, 2016, Middle East Eye reported on the sighting and bragging of militant fighters with the arms systems. It reported,

A Syrian insurgent organisation has paraded a cache of shoulder-launched anti-aircraft missiles, the first justification of the weapons being granted to antithesis forces after an approaching relaxing of US restrictions.

Members of the Ansar al-Islam Front were shown in a video posted on 20 Nov contrast SA-7 Strela-2 missiles, nonetheless the weapons are not shown being fired.

The organisation pronounced they had a “good number” of the weapons, which were being deployed among Ansar and Free Syrian Army forces to opposite supervision aircraft in Daraa and Quneitra, to the south of the country.

The first warrior in the video can be listened saying: “We, in Ansar al-Islam Front, have distributed several points of air counterclaim to opposite any try by the Syrian warplanes or helicopters which bombs points in Quneitra province. We have good series of these missiles.”

A second fighter, named as “Abu Bilal” in the video, says: “We, in Ansar al-Islam Front and factions of the FSA, are distributing apparatus and soldiers toward Tal al-Hara, Mashara, Sandaniya and Jabata. And in the coming days you will hear good news from Quneitra and its surroundings.

“There are a lot of preparations for ambushes and units deployed on the front lines. There are units of air defence, battalion elements and other several sets of the factions and the factions of the FSA in Quneitra and its surroundings.”

The supply of the missiles breaches a station sequence from the US to demarcate their placement in Syria. The US has feared the weapons could tumble into the hands of groups such as the Islamic State or the Nusra Front and be used against American forces, their allies and municipal aviation.

However, a high-level insurgent source told Middle East Eye in late Sep that the US was to transparent the way for associated nations to start provision the weapons, as Russian and Syrian forces increasing their attacks on rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo.

“The US reliable the immature light to start promulgation them to rebels by supply routes still open by Jordan and Turkey,” the source told MEE at the time. “Rebels are being told only to aim Syrian helicopters, not Russian – but it’s not transparent they will reside by this.”

The source told Middle East Eye that the US had reliable it would concede Qatar and Saudi Arabia to start shipments.

The Reuters news group at the same time quoted unknown US officials as observant the attack on Aleppo had “heightened” the probability of the Obama administration lifting the ban.

However, there is no justification of the missiles reaching Aleppo, where supply routes have been cut by a encircle by Syrian supervision forces.

The Ansar al-Islam Front is reportedly among dozens of insurgent groups that have in the past been granted with US-made BGM-71 anti-tank missiles, with US capitulation and by Saudi channels.

It was recently named by the Brookings Institute as one of 76 FSA units that had been “vetted” by the CIA and granted by military operations authority centres in Jordan and/or Turkey.

At this point, there is no petrify justification to indicate to the United States as the law-breaker behind providing the terrorists who shot down the Russian jet. However, the inconclusive justification is ban to contend the least. The United States has armed terrorists in Syria given before the predicament began in 2011 and it is wholly trustworthy to trust that the MANPADs being used against Russia currently have been supposing to fighters in Idlib by the United States or, at the very least, by its allies. It can't be lost that American proponents of defending terrorists with these weapons have prolonged seen them as “game changers” quite to be used against Russia, and, as Syria and Russia close in on the last major militant stronghold, it may very good be that the decision has been done to concede terrorists entrance to those weapons to spin the tide nonetheless again and/or to make Russia and Syria “bleed.”

Aside from the dignified aspect, which is adequate to reject the program on its own right, any decision to yield militant organizations with MANPAD surface-to-air missiles is a disaster watchful to happen, not just for the Syrian people and the military forces handling on the ground, but for the whole world, including perhaps, America itself.

Brandon Turbeville writes for Activist Post – essay repository here – He is the author of 7 books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President, and Resisting The Empire: The Plan To Destroy Syria And How The Future Of The World Depends On The Outcome. Turbeville has published over 1000 articles on a far-reaching accumulation of subjects including health, economics, supervision corruption, and polite liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is accessible for radio and TV interviews. Please hit activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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