Syrian Scud missile launch caught on tape

Filmed with a mobile phone (oriented vertically), the following amateur footage shows a Scud missile fired at rebels by Syrian forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad.

Although the authenticity of the video can’t be verified (it could have been filmed before the uprising), the reported use of Scud missiles marks a further escalation of the 20-month civil war.

According to U.S. and NATO officials, loyalists have fired Scud-style ballistic missiles at rebels, several of those have landed “fairly close” to the Turkish border U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, said on Friday in a blog explaining why Patriot anti-missile batteries are being deployed to Turkey.


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.