Mali manual suggests al-Qaida has feared weapon.
|Associated Press/ECPAD, Olivier Debes|
- In this March 29, 2013 photo provided by
the French Army's images division, ECPAD,
a French soldier holds the launch tube
of an SA-7 surface-to-air missile before its …more
TIMBUKTU,(AP) — The photocopies of the manual lay in heaps on the floor, in stacks that scaled one wall, like Xeroxed, stapled handouts for a class.
Except that the students in this case werefighters in Mali. And the manual was a detailed guide, with diagrams and photographs, on how to use a weapon that particularly concerns the United States: A surface-to-air missile capable of taking down a commercial airplane.
The 26-page document in Arabic, recovered by The Associated Press in a building that had been occupied by al-Qaida in the Read More>>>in , strongly suggests the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile, known to the Pentagon as the Grail, according to terrorism specialists. And it confirms that the al-Qaida cell is actively training its fighters to use these weapons, also called man-portable air-defense systems, or , which likely came from the arms depots of ex-Libyan strongman Col. .(Courtesy:Yahoo News)