Wednesday, February 07, 2007

More Helicopters Down?

Pan-Arab al-Hayat offered an explanation for the frequent downings of American choppers in the last few weeks: Iraqi insurgents are now in possession of a new generation of SA-7 (Strela) anti-aircraft missiles.

Quoting sources "close to the armed groups", al-Hayat claimed that the insurgents have acquired an improved version of the portable anti-aircraft missile. The ‘sources’ indicated that the newly-purchased missiles were responsible for shooting down four out of five choppers that the US Army has lost in Iraq this year.


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