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[Editor’s Note: The photo above came as no surprise as these TOW missiles could have been sourced from a variety of players, especially from old supplies.
But that then requires the technical skills to refurbish them to operational grade and keep them that way.
Hoodlum Jihadis recruited from the neighborhood gangs in Arab countries certainly do not have the skills to maintain these weapons, nor are they being sent to training school, other than on how to shoot them like the guy above. Western contractors, including Intel agencies, including Turkey…are on the short list who have the capacity to provide those skills.
The big surprise for me was the caption describing an extremely valuable TOW being wasted in an intra-insurgent territorial fight, versus being saved to use on Syrian Army armor, where they can fire up a tank like lighter fluid on a tissue paper box.
The NeoCons in Congress have long been pressing to provide the Free Syrian Army with these more sophisticated weapons to help stem the tide of their being rolled up by the Syrian Army.
They were warned from people like VT that the training and weapons would find their way over to the hard core Jihadis as the process of the switching sides to whoever seemed to be more successful and could pay more was already established.
A Jihadi fighter changing groups and bringing over a TOW missile can get a nice cash reward for his efforts, and this also is happening.
But those we warned about this had no fear of being held responsible for “arming the opposition”.
Hardly anyone takes any responsibility for disasters these days, from the top down. This contributes greatly to what we call these “slow motion train wrecks”, where they just go on and on and on, despite the obvious reality that the policy, and strategy is not working.
It takes superior leadership to acknowledge a non-working strategy and adjust the game plan, which can include withdrawal.
We have to figure out how to break out of this paradigm…but selling “taking responsibility” is a tough task as everyone interprets that is advocating a sacrificial lamb be found to blame, and they have a very good point there… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … December, 2014 –
The ISIL Takfiri group has released a photo showing one of its members preparing to launch a US-made TOW anti-tank missile against rival terrorists in Syria’s strategic and mountainous Qalamoun region along the border with Lebanon.
The ISIL militant is shown aiming at the positions of the Jaysh al-Islam militant group on the outskirts of al-Qaryatayn, located approximately 120 kilometers (74 miles) northeast of the capital, Damascus.
Political analysts say the photo shows the scale of threats the ISIL militants pose to Qalamoun region against fighters of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement. On October 5, Hezbollah fighters killed scores of Takfiri militants after the gunmen crossed from crisis-hit Syria into eastern Lebanon and attacked the Lebanese resistance movement’s posts.
Most of the militants killed during the clashes were from the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front. Two Hezbollah fighters were also killed in the shootout.
Meanwhile, Ghuraba al-Sham Battlion and Lions of Shahba Battalion, both allied to the so-called Free Syrian Army, are reportedly training their members in a camp set up in Qalamoun.
Over the past months, Lebanon has been grappling with terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda-linked militants and rocket attacks, in what is said to be a spillover of the conflict in Syria.
The Takfiri ISIL terrorists currently control parts of Syria mostly in the east and north. They have also seized large swathes of land in neighboring Iraq.
More than 1.1 million Syrian refugees are currently taking shelter in Lebanon. The influx of Syrian refugees is exerting huge pressure on Lebanon’s poor infrastructure, education and health systems.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. Western powers and their regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey – are the main supporters of the militants operating inside Syria.
More than 200,000 people have died so far in the conflict in Syria, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein.