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The officials say the helicopter was downed by a missile over the al-Qaida stronghold of Wadi Ubida in central Yemen.
Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by Variable
I wouldn't be surprised if that compound has already met the fate of a US drone strike but I'm worried about Al Qaeda having missiles. First they take out choppers but what's next, airplanes? I would love for the CIA to explain to us how they got these missiles but that's all classified and a matter of National Security so we all can go jump into a lake for all they care, or get blown up by a terrorist missile.
In March 2011, while many of the arms depots belonging to the government of Libya were being looted, we wrote about how the weapons taken from Libyan government stockpiles could end up being used to fuel violence in the region and beyond.
Since then we have seen Tuareg militants, who were previously employed by the regime of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, leave Libya with sizable stockpiles of weapons and return to their homes in northern Mali, where they have successfully wrested control of the region away from the Malian government.
These Tuareg militants were aided greatly in their battle against the government by the hundreds of light pickup trucks mounted with crew-served heavy weapons that they looted from Libyan depots.
These vehicles, known as "technicals," permitted the Tuareg rebels to outmaneuver and at times outgun the Malian military. Moreover, we have recently received reports that Tuareg rebels also brought back a sizable quantity of SA-7b shoulder fired surface-to-air missiles, also known as man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).
During the Rhodesian Bush War, ZIPRA insurgents used the Strela against unarmed civilian aircraft and brought down two Vickers Viscount passenger aircraft belonging to Air Rhodesia. There was great loss of life in both instances as the flights were returning from Kariba, a well known tourist attraction.
Vickers Viscount, Flight RH825, 3 September 1978—shot by down Strela missile near Kariba Dam. 18 of the 56 passengers survived the crash, but ten of them were murdered on the ground by ZIPRA guerrillas.
Vickers Viscount, Flight RH827, 12 February 1979—shot by down Strela missile near Kariba Dam; all 59 people on board killed.
In the first incident the fighters of ZAPU, ZIPRA, were accused of following up the crashed aircraft and systematically murdering survivors as they lay in the wreckage. The Archbishop of Mashonaland described this act as the most barbaric act of the war in a well publicised sermon that subsequently saw him removed from his post.
UNITA claimed that they used one to shoot down a TAAG Boeing 737-2M2 taking off from Lubango on 8 November 1983.
A Lignes Aériennes Congolaises Boeing 727-30 taking off from Kindu was shot down by a SA-7 fired by rebel forces in 1998, killing all 41 on board.
Two missiles were fired at a Boeing 757 during the 2002 Mombasa attacks. Neither missile struck its target.
Originally posted by butcherguy
I see no mention that it was a US military helicopter.
Another site alludes that it was a Yemeni chopper.
The officials say the helicopter was downed by a missile over the Al Qaeda stronghold of Wadi Ubida in central Yemen. The helicopter was flying from the capital Sanaa to the province of Marib, officials said. The passengers were part of a military force guarding oil installations in the province.
The Yemeni military helicopter was shot down by a missile over the al-Qaida stronghold of Wadi Ubida in central Yemen, officials said.
Originally posted by Swills
reply to post by NotAnAspie
Well the question really pertains to when did they get missiles? Was it during the Libyian civil war, Benghazi arms smuggling conspiracy, Syria, Iraq, and so on..