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Pentagon says no US handover of MANPADS to Syria opposition

October 04, 2015, 6:50 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
The Washington Post newspaper has reported that at least two anti-governmental groups in Syria backed by the US have asked the US administration to provide them with MANPADS
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WASHINGTON, October 4. /TASS/. The United States has not supplied man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) to any groups of Syria’s opposition, a Department of Defense official has said.

"We have not provided MANPADS," the official has told TASS commenting on media reports that Syria’s anti-government groups have asked Washington to hand over to them these systems to be used against Russia’s warplanes.

The Washington Post newspaper has reported that at least two anti-governmental groups in Syria backed by the US have asked the US administration to provide them with MANPADS.

"And some of the warplanes and helicopters could be vulnerable to shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, or MANPADS," the report said. An unnamed representative of US military circles said the request was being allegedly considered.

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