As the United States leads an air bombing campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, there are some new concerns that are arising. ISIS fighters have been spotted to use sophisticated antiaircraft missile systems that could bring down fighter jets of the American led coalition from what Tom told me.
Online videos have circulated showing an ISIS rebel firing a Chinese made missile into a MI-35M helicopter that was operated by the Iraqi army. Reports indicate that two Iraqi crew members were killed in the attack that occurred in an oil rich community just outside of Baghdad.
Intelligence experts believe that ISIS militants have seized antiaircraft missiles from moderate rebels in Syria. This brings the issue of whether the United States should be arming the moderate forces of Syria. The U.S. is now trying to convince Qatar not to supply Syrian rebels with any sophisticated lethal weapons.
ISIS has released videos calling for direct attacks on all U.S. helicopters and other aircraft that are within shooting range. High level commanders in the U.S. military take such threats seriously. The ISIS video instructs fighters to choose a high elevation in order to strike at enemy aircraft.
Recent reports indicate that some ISIS fighters have got their hands on weapons that were air-dropped by the U.S. military. However, the ruthless militants have previously captured U.S. Humvees, tanks and other heavy weapons from Iraqi soldiers.