June 17, 2013
Saudi Arabia plans to supply the Syrian opposition with anti-aircraft
missiles to counter President Bashar al-Assad’s air force, German news
weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday.
The article, citing a classified report received by the German
foreign intelligence service and the German government last week, said
Riyadh was looking at sending European-made Mistral-class MANPADS, or
man-portable air-defence systems.
Der Spiegel noted the shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles can
target low-flying aircraft including helicopters and had given
mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan a decisive edge against Soviet troops
in the 1980s.
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