File - A Free Syria Army fighter watching from his position during a fight with forces loyal to President Bashar al Assad at the front line in Aleppo December 26, 2012. (REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)
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Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a new report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists. The new report estimated that several hundred anti-aircraft missile systems are already in rebel arsenals.The most immediate danger is that anti-aircraft weapons, especially newer and sophisticated models, could easily be diverted to extremist groups operating outside Syria, it said. The Malaysian jet was struck at 33,000 feet, well beyond the range of portable anti-aircraft missiles, killing all 298 people on board.Schroeder said eight different MANPADS models have turned up in Syria.A third new model spotted inside Syria has yet to be identified, Schroeder said.
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