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One reason the U.S. relationship with Russia is so important is that when old Soviet weapons go missing they often wind up in the hands of jihadis.
BAGHDAD [MENL] — Sunni insurgents appear to have bolstered their anti-aircraft capability in Iraq.
U.S. military commanders said the insurgents have the SA-16 surface-to-air missile. The SA-16 is a modified version of the older SA-7 and represents a greater threat to U.S. and coalition aircraft.
U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director of military operation, said a U.S. military raid netted a range of Soviet-origin anti-aircraft missiles. He said they included the SA-16 and SA-14 missiles.
“The operation resulted in the capture of one enemy personnel, and also confiscated were an SA-16 missile, an SA-14 missile, two 82-millimeter systems, 31 rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, and a large quantity of small arms and ammunition,” Kimmitt said .