German spies warn ISIS has anti-aircraft rockets

In the briefing, the BND reportedly warned that ISIS fighters possess portable rocket launchers captured from Syrian army stocks. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

Germany’s intelligence service believes Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) jihadist fighters in northern Iraq possess anti-aircraft weapons that could take down passenger jets, according to a newspaper report Sunday.

The BND federal intelligence service had told German lawmakers about its suspicion in a confidential briefing late last week, reported the Bild am Sonntag newspaper without citing named sources.

In the briefing, the BND reportedly warned that ISIS fighters possess portable rocket launchers captured from Syrian army stocks. Some dated from the 1970s, while others were modern and advanced.

The shoulder-mounted rocket launchers - known as Man Portable Air Defense Systems or MANPADS - were of Russian design but may have been manufactured in other countries including Bulgaria or China, the report said.
 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:44 - GMT 06:44
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