No telling how they got them or what condition they’re in, but ISIS is showing off collection of portable surface-to-air missiles:
The self-proclaimed Islamic State released photos showing its fighters using surface to air missiles in Egypt’s restive Sinai, the terror group’s latest effort to strike at the biggest advantage its enemies hold: air power.
That ISIS could potentially shoot down aircraft near the Israeli border, where the Israelis frequently launch strikes, was especially worrying, experts said.
“It’s one of those things that could turn ugly very quickly. The danger with ISIS is that they would love to provoke an Israeli reaction. It would put Egypt in a bind and further raise their status in the Middle East,” Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a senior fellow at the Washington, D.C.-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Assuming ISIS can learn how to use these things effectively and that they’re still functional, worry less about them shooting down warplane and more about the fun they could have setting up shop a few miles out from a major international airport or two.