American A-10 Reportedly Shot At By ISIS Militants With Strela MANPADS In Iraq

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American A-10 Reportedly Shot At By ISIS Militants With Strela MANPADS In Iraq

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David Cenciotti, writing on his blog this evening — The Aviationist — (Jan.19, 2015), writes that “according to a report by Iraqi News, an American A-10/Warthog was shot at with four Strela surface-to-air missiles/MANPADS, during recent airstrikes by the Warthogs (as the Thunderbolts are referred to in the pilot community) — on ISIS positions near Mosul, in Iraq.”

Mr. Cenciotti adds that, “based on reports by unnamed sources who witnessed the attack, the A-10’s killed and wounded several terrorists; but, were also targeted by ISIS militants — who allegedly attempted to shoot down the U.S. aircraft — which were flying at low-altitude, using 9K32, Strela-2/NATO reporting name SA-7) GRAIL) man-portable, shoulder-fired, low-altitude, IR (infra-red) guided, surface-to-air missile systems.”

“Even though the Warthogs were not hit by the surface-to-air missiles,” Mr. Cenciotti wrote, “the episode seems to…

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