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The Islamic State on Monday appeared to parade a captured Scud missile and T-55 tanks through the streets of the Syrian city of Raqqa, the capital of its proclaimed Sunni caliphate.
Photographs circulating on social media showed masked fighters driving the missile through the streets on the back of a lorry as a crowd looked on.
Twitter accounts associated with the Islamic State, formerly known as Isis, declared that it was a Scud.
But a number of experts said the missile was likely inoperable and did not pose a threat to Iraqi government forces or nearby Israel.
originally posted by: JHumm
Can we use some of that NSA facial recognition software to identify the masked men?
so not the most reliable at the best of times but still nothing to ignore
Scud was first deployed by the Soviets in the mid-1960s. The missile was originally designed to carry a 100-kiloton nuclear warhead or a 2,000 pound conventional warhead, with ranges from 100 to 180 miles. Its principal threat was its warhead potential to hold chemical or biological agents. It is directly descended from the German V-2. Its warhead is permanently attached to the missile body and thus has a high velocity impact. The first combat use of the Scud occurred in 1973 in the Arab-Israeli Yom Kippur War. It was later used in the Iran-Iraq war of the 1980s. "The Iraqis modified Scuds for greater range, largely by reducing warhead weight, enlarging their fuel tanks and burning all of the fuel during the early phase of flight (rather than continuously). Such a Scud therefore came down with a relatively heavy warhead and a heavy motor, separated by the light empty fuel tank. It was structurally unstable and often broke up in the upper atmosphere. That further reduced its already poor accuracy, but it also made the missile difficult to intercept, since its flight path was unpredictable.
originally posted by: Agit8dChop
a reply to: DeadSeraph
id say they have people who can operate it.
originally posted by: DeadSeraph
a reply to: mr-lizard
Highly unlikely it would be operable. If it were, or it was possible to put it in such a state, they would still need to know how to operate it, and then how to launch it without killing themselves. Add to that it probably wouldn't have any guidance capabilities and it would basically be a big RPG if they somehow got it working. Practically useless to them.
originally posted by: Thorneblood
a reply to: bobs_uruncle
Unlikely given how much they hate westerners but who knows at this point, with cryptome set to release a bunch of snowden docs to avert a US war in July things could move quickly.