Does al Qaeda now have surface to air missiles?

Posted by: Phineas on June 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Oh, this is not good. Not good at all:

The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like Xeroxed, stapled handouts for a class.

Except that the students in this case were al Qaeda fighters in Mali. And the manual was a detailed guide, with diagrams and photographs, on how to use a weapon that particularly concerns the United States: A surface-to-air missile capable of taking down a commercial airplane.

The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in Timbuktu, strongly suggests the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile, known to the Pentagon as the Grail, according to terrorism specialists. And it confirms that the al Qaeda cell is actively training its fighters to use these weapons, also called man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS, which likely came from the arms depots of ex-Libyan strongman Col. Moammar Gadhafi.

“The existence of what apparently constitutes a `Dummies Guide to MANPADS’ is strong circumstantial evidence of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb having the missiles,” said Atlantic Council analyst Peter Pham, a former adviser to the United States’ military command in Africa and an instructor to U.S. Special Forces. “Why else bother to write the guide if you don’t have the weapons? … If AQIM not only has the MANPADS, but also fighters who know how to use them effectively,” he added, “then the impact is significant, not only on the current conflict, but on security throughout North and West Africa, and possibly beyond.”

This is the fruit of the Obama-Clinton “smart power” regime, and the fatuous “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine of our future UN Ambassador, Samantha Power. Not only has their “humanitarian war” in Libya caused chaos in North Africa –what happened in Mali was a direct result of destroying the vile but tamed and no danger to us regime of Gadhafi– but these loose MANPADS are now a threat to air traffic throughout the region and beyond.

Yes, “beyond.” There’s a reason the “p” in MANPAD stands for “portable.” These things are easily smuggled. Imagine if one or more shows up in Europe, Asia, or just outside LaGuardia. Think of what just one successful shoot-down will do to air traffic worldwide, not to mention the immediate casualties. The potential is absolutely nightmarish.

Quite a legacy for Obama, and a heckuva record for Clinton to run on in 2016.

via Michael J. Totten

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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5 Responses to “Does al Qaeda now have surface to air missiles?”


  1. Carlos says:

    All the hacking technology that China now uses against us and our government can be directly traced to Ms. Clinton and her adulterous, philandering piece of pig poop she calls a husband (but certainly not her lover).

    I can remember back in that administration the LSM falling all over itself about how much she had to do with policy. Don’t forget, it was HER coffee table the “lost” FBI files were found on, too.

    But, what the heck. If the low-info brain dead paid-off voter wants eight more years of government intrusion into their lives, fewer jobs, more taxes, etc., they’ll be ecstatic with the witch-on-a-broom we call the FORMER first lady (I use that term very, very, very loosely).

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    This is the result that occurs when a president who never wore a uniform in defense of this country because he felt himself too worthy comes into office. Their first impulse is to use a military reaction as a first response instead of last. Or the military is totally misused altogether.

    Clinton had multiple opportunities to take out bin Laden; in one instance three times in a 36 hour period. The 9/11 attacks can be laid squarely at his feet. Obhammud’s “lead from behind” strategy is just another in his long unbroken string of failures.

    Leading from behind acutally means someone else has to lead by default.

  3. ALman says:

    Gee. I thought there was no war, or it was over, or some such thing. This coming from a guy who’s supposed to know. I mean he said the Muslims aren’t our enemies. It’s just a few of them causing all the fuss.

    Well, these Muslims seem to be good at demonstrating and rioting. How come the majority of them aren’t in the streets screaming at “the few” to just stop it, all the hate and killing? Otherwise, I think the “guy who’s supposed to know” has been vastly mis-informed, or he has led us into a false sense of security, or he’s in way over his head, or he’s up to no good. Anyway which way, it looks as though rather than trying to take our firearms, they ought to be seeing to it that we’re prepared to defend this land!

    So much for today’s rant . . .

  4. Lorica says:

    Yes, The Barry has wanted to arm his Islamic brothers for many years. – Lorica

  5. Carlos says:

    Otherwise, I think the “guy who’s supposed to know” has been vastly mis-informed, or he has led us into a false sense of security, or he’s in way over his head, or he’s up to no good.

    How ’bout “All of the above?” And a few more, too?