Jordanian Army’s Chief of Staff: ISIS unit in Syrian Golan have anti-aircraft missiles


In a BBC interview, head of the Jordanian army says ISIS unit in Syria’s Golan Heights, near the Jordanian border, may have possession of American anti-aircraft missiles.

By Chana Roberts


Jordanian Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mahmoud Freihat warned in an interview with BBC on Saturday that  fighters have anti-aircraft missiles.

In the interview, which was given in Arabic, Freihat referred specifically to the Syria-Jordan-Israel border, near the Golan Heights area.

Iron Dome anti-missile system – Israel Air Force

Photo credit – Israel Air Force

“This faction is a constant and close threat to Jordan. Some of the areas its fighters are in are a kilometer away from the border,” he said. “They have tanks, armored vehicles, anti-aircraft missiles and machine-guns that can hit the military posts on the frontline.”

In truth, ISIS was reported to have seized Russian anti-aircraft missiles a few weeks ago, when they recaptured the Syrian town of Palmyra, and they are not the first terrorist group to have anti-aircraft abilities.

The US Congress also may have contributed, by allowing the US to sell anti-aircraft missiles to Syrian rebel groups, despite the high risk they would fall into ISIS’ hands.


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