Le Beck’s head of intelligence was quoted in the Telegraph regarding the use of Man-portable anti-aircraft systems (MANPADS – shoulder-fired surface to air missiles) by opposition forces in Syria.
“I think it is likely that Turkey either supplied or approved the use of a previously supplied MANPADS. These systems are kept under close watch, and they have only been used, lately at least, during times of greater tensions between Turkey and the pro-regime camp,”
“MANPADS could be used to target civilian air traffic, particularly during the landing and take-off phase, thus presenting a significant threat to aviation. This is one of the main concern and reason why many countries have limited their supply of MANPADS to rebels or acted to prevent the unsanctioned used of such weapons,”