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Sunday, October 2, 2011

STINGER Missile Anniversary

Over at The wall Street Journal is an article on the 25th Anniversary of the introduction of the STINGER Missile to the Mujahedeen fight against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.

The article talks to the first three Stinger gunners, Mr. Abdul Wahab Quanat and Messrs Zalmai and Abdul Ghaffar.  These three radicals "have now joined the post-jihad establishment".

Regards  —  Cliff


Dick said...

When I went on active duty in the US Army in 1980, we were still using the Redeye, which was also a man-portable air defense missile. If I remember right, the Redeye had to be aimed at the heat signature of the aircraft you were trying to engage which meant it already had passed over you. The big improvement that came with the Stinger (which US forces in NATO got sometime between 1981 and 1983) was that you could take a head-on shot.

Jack Mitchell said...

"I think the probability of al Qaeda being able to smuggle some of the stinger-like missiles out of Libya is probably pretty high," said Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism advisor and now a consultant to ABC News.

Oy vey.