The Iraqi intelligence uncovered a small weapons cache containing anti-aircraft missiles near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on June 10.
“The Military Intelligence Directorate, Division 20, in cooperation with the 1st Brigade Intelligence Brigade, 21 Infantry Brigade, found a weapons cache in the Adayta Mountains, southwest of Mosul,” an Iraqi security source said in a press release.
The weapons cache contained at least two Soviet-made Strela-2 man-portable air-defense systems (MANPADS) along with two mortar cannons and several shells.
ISIS used similar MANPADs during the battle of Mosul between 2016 and 2017. The terrorist group’s fighters managed to shoot down several unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and at least one helicopter of the Iraqi military with this type of missiles.
These Soviet-made missiles were likely looted from the former Iraqi Army’s depots following the 2003 US-led invasion of the country, which lead to a state of chaos.
Despite being outdated and having a limited range of around 4km, Strela-2 MANPADs remain a serious security threat.
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