Friday, 24 August 2012

The Daily Mirror Confuses Sidewinders With Stingers

Today the UK newspaper The Daily Mirror reports that "CIA spies 'smuggle 14 Stinger missiles into Syria so rebels can take out regime warplanes'", using the following image to illustrate the article, with the caption "What a Stinger missile looks like"

What this picture actually shows is a AIM-9 Sidewinder missile, an air to air missile (the clue being it's mounted on a aircraft), and not much use to a member of the Free Syrian Army, unless they've managed to get their hands on some jet fighters as well.  A Stinger missile looks like this

A slight difference in size.

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