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ISIS doesn't have an air force.
U.S. intelligence detected the shipment of advanced Russian surface-to-air missiles (SAM) to Syria. According to Fox News, U.S. intelligence tracked the shipment of the SA-23 Gladiator anti-ballistic missile system from Russia to the Syrian port city of Tartus. It's the first time the SA-23 (known to NATO as the SA-12b "Giant") has been deployed outside of Russia.
Russian officials say the missiles will defend Russian bases along the Syrian coast, with one general stating that the missile system was "purely defensive." There's only one problem—Russia's stated enemies in Syria, the Islamic State, don't have missiles or airplanes and neither do the Syrian rebels.
The Giant is one of the most advanced SAMs in the world and is roughly equivalent to the Patriot PAC-3 missile system. It was primarily designed to shoot down tactical ballistic missiles such as the Scud and is radar-guided with a 300-pound warhead in tow. Two missiles are carried on a tank-like launcher that can be ready for action in 5 minutes.
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WNU Editor: There is a lot of truth to this analysis .... The prospect of a superpower war in Syria is hardly far-fetched (Financial Times).
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