ACE wonders what sort of AA missiles the insurgents have. It seems that that British C-130 was indeed brought down by a SAM. Seems terribly unlikely to me, but what do I know?
His question reminds me of something I’ve been meaning to write about for some time: all the Stinger missiles we gave to the Afghan resistance during the Soviet occupation in the 1980s.
We heard all about these, especially right before the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. Reagan used them to create al Qaeda, and therefore was responsible for 9/11 is usually how the story was told.
Anyway, I’m wondering if any of those Stingers have even been known to be used for something besides shooting at Soviet invaders? Have terrorists ever fired at anyone with one to our knowledge? Did our military ever get shot at by any? Ever?
I don’t recall ever hearing about it, and I’m pretty sure that it would be all over the news if it ever happened.
I recall that the launchers had some sort of special battery that gave the unit a limited shelf life, but that doesn’t seem terribly reliable to me. Or it at least seems that someone clever could find a workaround.
Does anyone know if any have ever turned up? (Well, besides the one that was fired at the Pentagon on 9/11 and then called a plane in order to frame Islamic extremists for the Zionist/Cheney cabal and their puppets. We all know about that one…)