Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft missiles, NBC reports
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Syrian rebels now have anti-aircraft missiles, NBC reports

Weapons smuggled across border with Turkey, Free Syrian Army claims

Free Syrian Army soldiers are seen at the border town of Azaz, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Aleppo, on Sunday, July 29. (photo credit: Turkpix/AP)
Free Syrian Army soldiers are seen at the border town of Azaz, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) north of Aleppo, on Sunday, July 29. (photo credit: Turkpix/AP)

Syrian rebels have acquired shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, NBC News reported late Tuesday night.

According to the report, Free Syrian Army rebels claim they now have nearly two dozen surface-to-air missiles smuggled from Turkey.

The exact type of missile was not mentioned in the report. Such a weapon, however, would offer a significant defense against helicopter gunships that Syrian government forces have deployed to target rebel strongholds such as Aleppo, where intense fighting has raged for nearly two weeks.

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