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    The United States should provide the so-called Syrian moderate opposition with Stinger portable surface-to-air missiles to defend themselves, US Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain told reporters on Tuesday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Media reported earlier in October that Syrian rebels asked Washington for Stinger missiles to use them against Russia’s military jets.

    “Absolutely… Absolutely I would,” McCain said when asked whether he would support the delivery of Stinger missiles to the opposition in Syria.

    “We certainly did that in Afghanistan. After the Russians invaded Afghanistan, we provided them with surface-to-air capability. It’d be nice to give people that we train and equip and send them to fight the ability to defend themselves. That’s one of the fundamental principles of warfare as I understand it,” McCain said.

    Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the United States and some of its allies have supported the so-called moderate Syrian opposition, urging the resignation of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    On October 9, Washington abandoned its $500-million campaign to train the so-called moderate opposition in Syria but decided instead to arm vetted Syrian opposition leaders.

    Russia’s Sukhoi Su-25, Su-24M and Su-34 attack aircraft, with the support of Su-30 jets, launched precision airstrikes against terrorist targets in Syria on September 30, following a request from Syrian President Bashar Assad.


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