‘ ISLAMIC STATE ACQUIRE MANPADS CAPABLE OF SHOOTING DOWN A PASSENGER PLANE – REPORTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – IRAQ – October 26 – Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have modern portable air defence systems that are capable of shooting down a passenger plane, Germany’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported citing the country’s foreign intelligence agency.

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According to the media report published on Sunday, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) informed the German Bundestag of the threat at a closed session last week.

The German intelligence agency said that the Islamic State(IS, formerly ISIS) militants located in northern Iraq have obtained air-defense systems from the captured military arsenal of the Syrian Army, according to the report.

The IS militants have obtained the 1970s models as well as modern man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).

These light-weight surface-to-air missile systems can be fired from the shoulder and operated by one person.RT reported. 

“Unlike other air defense weapons, MANPADS are easy to use, barely-trained militiamen can fire the weapon accurately,” the report said, adding that the weapons are especially dangerous for landing or taking off aircrafts.

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German authorities have not yet confirmed the report.

Several airlines, including Austrian Airlines and Qatar Airways, still fly in the airspace over northern Iraq in control of the extremists.

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