Why the FAA banned US airline flights over Syria

Rebel groups in Syria have several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles and have shot down Syrian military aircraft. The FAA issued a ban Monday on US commercial airlines flying over Syrian airspace.

By , Associated Press

(AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center)

Armed groups in Syria have an estimated several hundred portable anti-aircraft missiles that could easily be diverted to extremists and used to destroy low-flying commercial planes, according to a new report by a respected international research group. It cites the risk that the missiles could be smuggled out of Syria by terrorists.