• Checkmate: ISIS Has Shoulder-Fired Anti-Aircraft Missiles Now

    Once President Obama finally decided it might be a good idea to organize some kind of strategy against ISIS, he reluctantly did so with one glaring caveat: whatever he was going to sanction militarily would be done from the skies…and ONLY the skies. No boots on the ground.

    While that’s all fine and dandy (or not), many of us have been wondering the obvious for several weeks now: what happens when the enemy figures out a way to shoot us out of the sky while we’ve essentially got no game on the ground?

    Well, that time is now.

    New reports confirm — with footage to prove it — that the Islamic State has possession of shoulder-fired missiles.

    Courtesy of The New York Times:

    From the battlefield near Baiji, an Islamic State jihadist fired a heat-seeking missile and blew an Iraqi Army Mi-35M attack helicopter out of the sky this month, killing its two crew members.

    Days later, the Islamic State released a chilling series of images from a video purporting to capture the attack in northern Iraq: a jihadist hiding behind a wall with a Chinese-made missile launcher balanced on his shoulder; the missile blasting from the tube, its contrail swooping upward as it tracked its target; the fiery impact and the wreckage on a rural road.

    The helicopter was one of several Iraqi military helicopters that the militants claim to have shot down this year, and the strongest evidence yet that Islamic State fighters in Iraq are using advanced surface-to-air missile systems that pose a serious threat to aircraft flown by Iraq and the American-led coalition.

    Game, set, match. Obama is about to learn the hard way that you can’t wimp your way through warfare without getting some boots dirty.

    The president has spent so much time utilizing drones and aircraft as his go-to tactic that he’s become completely unwilling to even put alternate strategies up for debate. I’ve always been of the opinion that Obama views drones as “easy” technology — almost like a video game — that he can “cheat” with to try and have some semblance/illusion of an effective foreign policy. By extension, he probably views our Air Force the same way. They’re doing difficult work, but they’re also helping Obama in his reluctance to order combat troops on the ground. Therefore, if our brave men and women of the Air Force happen to get shot out of the skies thanks to an ISIS anti-aircraft missile, don’t expect a policy change anytime soon.

    Matt Fox

    Senior Editor

    Fox has history in broadcasting that spans two decades. From his early days as an FM host and club DJ in the mid-90′s to his later experiences in political talk radio, he has always had a knack for combining topical news with his love for popular culture. Those experiences culminated in his position as executive producer for several radio shows featured in the TALKERS Heavy 100. Originally from New York, Fox has made the great pilgrimage down to sunny south Florida.

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