Intermediate range ballistic missiles in a civil war? Is that a first?
Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad’s regime have fired Scud missiles at rebel fighters in Syria, according to US and Nato officials, in what appears to be a further escalation of the conflict. In Brussels, a Nato official said a number of short-range ballistic missiles had been launched inside Syria. The official said:
Allied intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets have detected the launch of a number of unguided, short-range ballistic missiles inside Syria this week … Trajectory and distance travelled indicate they were Scud-type missiles.
This was on Al Jazeera’s Syria Blog:
Speaking to Al Jazeera from Washington, Mark Perry, military and foreign affairs analyst, says the reports are “credible”, but the use of the unmanned missiles is a “very desperate measure” by the forces of Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian president.
I would say using manned missiles would be far more desperate measure, wouldn’t you?