April 29, 2004

Insurgents have SA-16 anti-aircraft missile

From The World Tribune: bq. U.S. military commanders said Sunni insurgents in Iraq have obtained the SA-16 surface-to-air missile. The SA-16 is a modified version of the older SA-7 and represents a greater threat to U.S. and coalition aircraft. bq. U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of military operation, said a U.S. military raid netted a range of Soviet-origin anti-aircraft missiles. He said they included the SA-16 and SA-14 missiles. bq. "The operation resulted in the capture of one enemy personnel, and also confiscated were an SA-16 missile, an SA-14 missile, two 82-millimeter systems, 31 rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, and a large quantity of small arms and ammunition," Kimmitt said. bq. The SA-16 has a range of five kilometers and is guided by a infrared and optical seekers, Middle East Newsline reported. Now how did these 'freedom fighters' obtain recent Russian weapons... This wouldn't be one of the reasons that Russia fought so hard in the United Nations to keep us out of any actual conflict now would it??? Again, the people we are fighting now are the same people who would cheer Saddam. Ex-Baath party terrorists and thugs who do not want peace, they want power and corruption. Time to root this vermin out of their holes and bring this nation to peace and prosperity. Posted by DaveH at April 29, 2004 3:55 PM