Skip to comments.Russia: Syria rebels have US-made weapons (Russian General seeks source of Stingers)
Posted on 10/24/2012 2:49:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
A senior Russian general has said Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft weapons, including US-made Stingers.
Gen Nikolai Makarov was quoted by the Interfax news service as saying the origin of the surface-to-air missiles should be "cleared up".
Russia is the biggest supplier of arms to its Syrian government ally.
Aerial bombardment of rebel-held towns continued on Wednesday, as the UN's Syria envoy prepared to brief the Security Council on ceasefire efforts.
Lakhdar Brahimi has been trying to arrange a ceasefire between rebels and government forces over the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, which begins on Friday. Weapon supplies
"We have reliable information that Syrian militants have foreign portable anti-aircraft missile systems, including those made in the USA... it should be cleared up who delivered them," Gen Makarov told journalists in Russia.
There have been earlier unconfirmed reports of the Syrian opposition having shoulder-mounted missiles, but the West has been reluctant to openly arm the rebels.
In August, Syrian rebels said they had shot down a fighter jet near the border with Iraq.
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To Senior Russkky.. Huggsskys
As detestable as the Russians and the Assads are, I sure as hell hope we didn’t give stinger missiles to a bunch of militant nutjobs.
If this is true, isn’t that lovely! The Al Qeida muslim brotherhood islamist nutballs were given Stingers? Thats awesome, now they are sure to be filled with gratitude and love for the USA!
And i’m sure they would NEVER use them on an airliner, trade them, sell them, etc.
Ruh roh .... now the Russkys are wading in - you know they know who was running weapons from Benghazi to Turkey to Syria. Great timing for Obozo ..... /not.
Won't be the first time. The Benghazi fiasco was possibly about retrieving them from said nutjobs.
Congress is as corrupt and complicit as Obama for not opening up impeachment proceedings today.
My brother sent me an article saying yesterday that Amb. Stevens was running a covert CIA operation to supply weapons to Syrian rebels, with Saudi support, for the specific purposes of running the Russians out of Syria and establishing Muslim control of the ME. I would not begin to say that is true. But if it is, can you say WW III????
Bingo. U.S. arms given to Libyan “revolutionaries” (a.k.a. al Qaeda) flowing to Jihadists world-wide.
Way to go, Hussien!
They would want to discuss that with Ambassador Stevens.
What happened at that American peacekeeping base in the Sinai? There was an attack...the attackers were inside the compound....and then.....nothing? Has anybody heard the outcome of this? Did we trade weapons for them?
The real reason behind Benghazigate
Was Obama gun-walking arms to jihadists?
The evidence suggests that the Obama administration has not simply been engaging, legitimating, enriching and emboldening Islamists who have taken over or are ascendant in much of the Middle East. Starting in March 2011, when American diplomat J. Christopher Stevens was designated the liaison to the opposition in Libya, the Obama administration has been arming them, including jihadists like Abdelhakim Belhadj, leader of the al Qaeda franchise known as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.
It now appears that Stevens was there on a particularly risky day, with no security to speak of and despite now copiously documented concerns about his own safety and that of his subordinates for another priority mission: sending arms recovered from the former regimes stocks to the opposition in Syria. As in Libya, the insurgents are known to include al Qaeda and other Shariah-supremacist groups, including none other than Abdelhakim Belhadj.
Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar have Stingers.