Introduction — March 15, 2016
The U.S. originally supplied Stinger missiles to the Taliban, during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Of course that was before the Russians withdrew and the U.S. stepped in to oust the ruling Taliban, lead an occupation of Afghanistan and revive the country’s drugs trade, which the Taliban has almost brought to an end.
Now it appears one of the Western aligned gulf states is supplying the anti-aircraft missiles to al-Qaeda linked militants in Syria. Probably with U.S. acquiescence.
Illustrating once again how the U.S. and its allies are more than ready to support terrorists to further their own ends. Although of course, they won’t describe them as “terrorists”.
Just as they never characterised the Taliban as “terrorists” during the Soviet occupation, but rather referred to them simply as the Taliban, these al-Qaeda-linked militants will likely be referred to “opposition fighters” or “Syrian rebels” by the Western corporate media. Ed.
— Hassan Ridha (@sayed_ridha) March 13, 2016
Syrian Fighter Jet Shot Down by US Stinger Missile: Military Source
Tasnim News Agency — March 15, 2016
A Syrian Air Force MiG-21US jet was shot down by a US-produced portable surface-to-air Stinger missile, a Syrian military source told RIA Novosti on Tuesday.
The warplane was downed late on Saturday when it came under militant fire from the ground in the western Hama province where the Syrian government has been fighting Daesh and the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front, both outlawed in many countries, including Russia.
“The jet was shot down during an attack by terrorists in the province of Hama by a US Man-Portable Air-Defense System Stinger,” the source said.
The source added that the Syrian army had suspended flights from the airfield in Hama following the incident.
One pilot of the MiG-21US jet managed to eject safely while the second died in a failed emergency landing, according to sources.