Monday, August 13, 2012

On the shooting down of MiGs

OK, CBC, control yourself. What you show is footage of a Syrian fast jet likely be downed by Free Syrian groundfire. Downing a fast moving fighter aircraft with light weapons or a heavy machine gun is a tricky business but it can be done either by skill or luck. There is absolutely nothing in the facts as they are reported to suggest that the down of the aircraft
would mark a major leap forward in their military capabilities as well as a big blow to the regime, which started using its air force intensively in the civil war over the past weeks.
If they do it two or three times, then you've got something. Once is unsurprising and probably expected, especially given the low altitude and volume of fire being thrown up at it.

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