viernes, 16 de agosto de 2013

Syria: Anti-Tank Weapons sent to rebels

The Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGMs), which are portable and can be shoulder or tripod mounted, set the stage for a possible shift in the war, especially in the upcoming months when U.S. and European aid is expected to increase.

Although Assad’s army also has ATGMs, they pose a minimal threat to the rebel ground forces, which don’t have tanks. In the oppinion of Steven Bucci, former assistant secretary of defense under Donald Rumsfeld and senior defense analyst at The Heritage Foundation, "...the  anti-tank missiles will not be a game changer but will buy the time the rebels need to hold off Assad’s forces".

(This video posted to YouTube on July 21, 2013 is one of numerous videos being studied by intelligence and national security analysts, and shows a Milan ATGM being assembled by rebels in an undisclosed location in Syria.)

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