Kurdish YPG SA-18 Igla MANPAD captured by Turkish backed forces

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Syrian backed forces showing the Igla SA-18 MANPAD launcher captured from the Kurdish YPG
Syrian backed forces showing the Igla SA-18 MANPAD launcher captured from the Kurdish YPG

Highly sought after MANPAD equipment has been almost entirely off the table when it came to the Syrian civil war in fear that civilian air traffic could come under attack. Today Turkish backed Syrian rebels captured an advance SA-18 Igla MANPAD system which is capable of taking down military jets, helicopters and any civilian plane within a 3.2 mile range from the launcher. Especially concerning is the likely-hood that there are more launchers in the Kurdish forces stocks as smuggling between several regions and black markets offers many potential sources.

The Syrian rebels showed the Igla MANPAD, stating that it was just captured in the area as they continued to advance on YPG positions across North Afrin. The YPG has posted pictures in similar areas, claiming that the Turkish backed forces have not taken any positions but very little battlefield imagery has been shown by the YPG which has several times claimed it repelled all Turkish advances.

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