US assists, funnels arms to Syrian insurgents: Russia

Insurgent fires towards an army position in Karm al-Jabal district of the northern city of Aleppo on October 22, 2012. (File photo)

Russia says the United States assists and coordinates arms deliveries to foreign-sponsored insurgents battling the Syrian government forces.

“Washington is aware of the deliveries of various weapons to illegal armed groups active in Syria. Moreover, judging by the declarations of US officials published in US media, the US coordinates and provides logistical assistance in such deliveries,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Russia’s chief military officer said that Syrian armed groups have acquired US-made weapons, including Stinger anti-aircraft missiles.

General Nikolai Makarov said it was not clear who had delivered the arms.

“We have information that the rebels fighting the Syrian army have shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles of several states, including Stingers made in the United States,” he said.

“We need to still find out who has delivered them,” General Makarov noted.  Continue reading

C.I.A. reported smuggling Stinger missiles into Syria

Soldier prepares to fire what is described as a full-dimensional protection weapon – the Stinger missile. Stingers are classified by the military as MANPADS or Man-portable air-defense systems.
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The Mirror is reporting that Central Intelligence Agency spies have smuggled up to 14 Stinger missiles into Syria to aid in the rebellion against the government (see article: CIA spies ‘smuggle 14 Stinger missiles into Syria so rebels can take out regime warplanes).

The FIM-92 Stinger is a personal portable infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM), which can be adapted to fire from ground vehicles and helicopters (as an AAM), developed in the United States and entered into service in 1981.

Used by the militaries of the US and by 29 other countries, the basic Stinger missile has to date been used in several dozen attacks against civilian aircraft.

According to some reports over 20,000 Stinger Missiles “disappeared” in Libya and nobody knows where the missiles went or who has them Continue reading