German spies warn Isis has anti-aircraft weapons

AFP - [email protected] • 27 Oct, 2014 Updated Mon 27 Oct 2014 08:35 CEST
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Germany's intelligence service believes Islamic State 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 Islamic State (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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AFP 2014/10/27 08:35

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