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    RIA Novosti - 1/8/2012 Agence russe Turkey Supplies Syrian Rebels With Air Defense Missiles - TV http://en.rian.ru/world/20120801/174898264.html Turkey has
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      RIA Novosti - 1/8/2012
      Agence russe

      Turkey Supplies Syrian Rebels With Air Defense Missiles - TV

      http://en.rian.ru/world/20120801/174898264.html


      Turkey has supplied the Free Syrian Army rebels fighting Presiden Bashar
      al-Assad's regime with nearly two dozen man-portable air defense systems
      (MANPADS), NBC News reported on Tuesday night.

      There was no immediate confirmation of the information from the Turkish
      media.

      According to NBC, the missile supplies were possibly initiated by
      Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar which have repeatedly called for lending
      military support to the Syrian opposition.

      The report did not provide details on the exact type of shoulder-fired
      missiles, though Turkey produces under license the Stinger missile which
      was used against Soviet helicopters in Afghanistan during the war there
      in the 1980's according to Globalsecurity.org. Turkey also used its
      predecessor, the older Redeye system, Globalsecurity says.

      Such a weapon would be a significant threat to the helicopter gunships
      the Syrian government forces have deployed against rebel strongholds
      such as Aleppo, where intense fighting has raged for nearly two weeks.

      Aleppo, a city of 2.5 million people, has remained the hotspot of
      Syria’s civil conflict since last week, when pro-government forces
      launched a massive assault on the city in a colossal push to regain
      control of key territories across the country. The Al-Watan newspaper
      proclaimed the fight for Aleppo "the mother of all battles."

      Aleppo's southeastern district of Salaheddin remains the main bastion of
      opposition forces, mostly members of the Free Syrian Army.

      Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Turkish Cumhuriyet daily in an
      interview in early July that Turkey “has supplied all logistic support
      to the terrorists who have killed our people.”

      The Syrian conflict has already claimed up to 19,000 lives since it
      broke out in March 2011, according to UN data based on activist
      accounts. About 200,000 Syrians have fled to neighboring countries,
      including Turkey, which has registered 88,000 Syrian refugees so far.
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