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Palestinians got Stingers

During the Soviet-Afghanistan war, the CIA supplied Stinger missiles to the mujaheddin. This caused significant controversy, and many analysts were concerned that the missiles would be turned against Western targets. Surprisingly, the mujaheddin only attacked Soviet helicopters. By now, the unused Stingers supplied to Afghanistan are unusable.

But Gazans were able to procure Russian-made SA-24 anti-aircraft missiles from the NATO-supported Libyan rebels. A half-empty cache of those was recently discovered by the Egyptians.

Besides the danger posed to helicopters by the SA-24 missiles, the weapons shipment greatly endangers Israeli Navy ships, as it includes Russian MDM-5 bottom mines.

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