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Anti-aircraft weapons could tip the scales on the battlefield as they did in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan in the 1980s, Adel al-Jubeir is quoted as saying in an interview with Der Spiegel.
"We believe that introducing surface-to-air missiles in Syria is going to change the balance of power on the ground," he said, stressing this would have to be decided by a coalition of partner states.
This is another escalation that has dangerous overtones.....though I think its a bit late.....they should have armed their proxies with MANPADS way back in September.....
Its a measure of how desperate the Saudi/Turkish alliance is to keep their war going against Assad.....
The missiles would be a game changer though....just like the TOW missiles helped against the armour.....and to break up attacks......
edit on 21-2-2016 by bandersnatch because: (no reason given)
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir at the Westin Grand Hotel during the Munich Security Conference: "ISIS is as much an Islamic organization as the KKK in America is a Christian organization."
In an interview, Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir expresses his continued support for regime change in Syria and his desire for rebels to be supplied with anti-aircraft missiles that could shift the balance of power in the war.
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SPIEGEL: Is Saudi Arabia in favor of supplying anti-aircraft missiles to the rebels?
Al-Jubeir: Yes. We believe that introducing surface-to-air missiles in Syria is going to change the balance of power on the ground. It will allow the moderate opposition to be able to neutralize the helicopters and aircraft that are dropping chemicals and have been carpet-bombing them, just like surface-to-air missiles in Afghanistan were able to change the balance of power there. This has to be studied very carefully, however, because you don't want such weapons to fall into the wrong hands.
SPIEGEL: Into the hands of Islamic State.
Al-Jubeir: This is a decision that the international coalition will have to make. This is not Saudi Arabia's decision.