There’s a good chance at some of these missiles being fired at U.S. planes came from Gaddafi’s stockpiles that were looted after Obama helped overthrown him.
Via Washington Times:
The U.S. Air Force sent in its A-10 Thunderbolts II into Iraq for airstrikes against the Islamic State group. Now the terrorist organization seems to have answered with man-portable, shoulder-fired, low-altitude, infrared-guided, surface-to-air missile systems.
A recent U.S. airstrike using A-10s killed numerous members of the Islamic State group, but eyewitnesses told an Iraqi news outlet that MANPADS were employed as a defensive measure, The Aviationist reported.
The U.S. sent the aircraft to the region in late November with the 163rd Expeditionary Fighter Squadron, a unit with the Indiana Air National Guard. The squadron also provided close air support during operations in Afghanistan.