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Turkey Supplies Syrian Rebels With Air Defense Missiles: TV

Russian Information Agency Novosti
August 1, 2012

Turkey Supplies Syrian Rebels With Air Defense Missiles – TV

MOSCOW: Turkey has supplied the Free Syrian Army rebels fighting Presiden Bashar al-Assad’s regime with nearly two dozen man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS), NBC News reported on Tuesday night referring to rebel sources.

There was no immediate confirmation of the information from the Turkish media.

According to NBC, the missile supplies were possibly initiated by Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar which have repeatedly called for lending military support to the Syrian opposition.

The report did not provide details on the exact type of shoulder-fired missiles, though Turkey produces under license the Stinger missile which was used against Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan during the war there in the 1980’s according to Globalsecurity.org. Turkey also used its predecessor, the older Redeye system, Globalsecurity says.

Such a weapon would be a significant threat to the helicopter gunships the Syrian government forces have deployed against rebel strongholds such as Aleppo, where intense fighting has raged for nearly two weeks.

Aleppo, a city of 2.5 million people, has remained the hotspot of Syria’s civil conflict since last week, when pro-government forces launched a massive assault on the city in a colossal push to regain control of key territories across the country. The Al-Watan newspaper proclaimed the fight for Aleppo “the mother of all battles.”

Aleppo’s southeastern district of Salaheddin remains the main bastion of opposition forces, mostly members of the Free Syrian Army.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily in an interview in early July that Turkey “has supplied all logistic support to the terrorists who have killed our people.”

The Syrian conflict has already claimed up to 19,000 lives since it broke out in March 2011, according to UN data based on activist accounts. About 200,000 Syrians have fled to neighboring countries, including Turkey, which has registered 88,000 Syrian refugees so far.

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Voice of Russia
August 1, 2012

Free Syrian Army gets mobile air defense systems

The rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) has got about ten mobile anti-aircraft systems, the NBC news network reported on Wednesday.

According to the NBC, the supplies were possibly initiated by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar which have repeatedly stressed the necessity of lending military support to Syrian opposition.

Western countries and the United States have, for their part, more than once warned against taking such a step.

The NBC said that the FSA militants may use the anti-missile systems against the government troops in Aleppo, Syria’s commercial capital and largest city.

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  1. Hoarsewhisperer
    August 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    NATO’s provision of MANPADS to their pet “rebels” could be a game changer IF the Russians can’t supply the Syrian Airforce with the hardware/software necessary to transmit “NATO-friendly” ID beacon codes.
    For all kinds of logical reasons NATO doesn’t supply missiles capable of endangering NATO aircraft to “irregulars”. Contrary to the ‘flat battery’ and ‘exhausted Nitrogen charge’ tales put about in 2001, the reason NATO wasn’t worried about the Stingers left over after Russia left Afghanistan was that US-NATO Stingers can’t/won’t kill US-NATO aircraft.

    It’s extremely unlikely that Russia has failed to anticipate this development.

  2. Kathleen
    August 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Aleppo is a rebel stronghold. Really? Strangely enough, western leadership thinks it has been planned to be a safe haven. Debka (besides whatever else one wants to say about its reliability) is an interesting place for comparison, especially the language. For instance, this article has a Sec State Hillary Clinton quote:
    Last week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarked: “More and more territory is being taken. It will eventually result in a safe haven inside Syria.”
    http://www.debka.com/article/22223/The-bid-for-Syria’s-first-safe-haven-in-Aleppo-region-is-thwarted

    One person’s safe haven is another person’s rebel stronghold. Srebrenica was also designated a “safe haven” specifically a civilian haven, per written agreement between the BSA and BMA. Well, what was this agreement really worth if the BMA used it as a base to burn down numerous villages and gave no quarter to the women and children in them. Many Christian civilians in surrounding villages lost their life from the safe haven rebel base of Srebrenica. That was what happened before the Srebrenica massacre of the BMA, a “tipping point” which was preplanned by the covert parties who armed and trained the BMA, a tipping point designed to justify intervention. In Bosnia, the blood was on the hands of all parties, but especially NATO and the UN. War is such a sinfully ugly thing. We will never understand it entrenched in one simplified viewpoint fed to us by the MSM. All sides suffer in war…Peacemaking is impossible until we internalize these points, and weep over them. It is impossible without love, especially of enemy.

    Anyway, back to the point. Watch out for “safe haven” terminology. It won’t be either one, it will be more death and destruction. The good people of the world want what is better for the people of Syria. It starts with this: Stop the weapon proliferation. Stop the foreign mercenaries. Stop the war rhetoric. No more retaliation. Guard the innocent. Stop NATO.

  3. Michael
    August 1, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    “Free Syrian Army” is ALL but FREE:
    Armed, financed, manned and given legitimacy by the STATES SPONSORING regional and GLOBAL TERRORISM: Saudi Arabia, U.S.A., Turkey, France, U.K. Israel and Qatar top the list currently!
    Trail of blood from butchered Yugoslavia in 1991-99 to Syria in 2012 leads to Washington, where the CHAOS, HORRORS and BARBARISM of WAR are preplanned and synchronized in advance and forced upon unsuspecting innocent HUMANITY suffering the unimaginable destruction, bloodshed and cruelty of a powerful clique.

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