US to Deploy More Military Forces in Libya

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Wed Sep 28, 2011 2:53PM GMT
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According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, the United States is preparing to deploy additional forces on the ground in Libya to “secure conventional arms storage sites” as well as to try to track down missing surface-to-air missiles (SAMs).

In the wake of the opposition invasion of Tripoli, large arms depots across the western half of the nation were looted, and it is estimated that some 20,000 shoulder-launched SAMs were among what had gone missing, many of them wound up on the arms markets in neighboring nations. Antiwar

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Currently the U.S. State Department has one official on the ground in Libya, as well as five contractors who specialize in “explosive ordinance disposal”, all working with the Transitional National Council to find the looted missiles, White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters. ABC News

“We expect to deploy additional personnel to assist the TNC as they expand efforts to secure conventional arms storage sites,” Carney said. “We’re obviously at a governmental level — both State Department and at the UN and elsewhere — working with the TNC on this.” ABC News

Though weapons of all shapes and sizes were looted, the shoulder-launched SAMs are of particular concern to the U.S., as they could pose a threat to U.S. warplanes the world over now that they are out of the warehouses and in general circulation. Antiwar

20,000 is a lot of missiles too. One rights group cautioned that the SAMs coming out of Libya were enough to turn all of northern Africa into a no-fly zone. Though some regional groups are likely to be keen on acquiring many of these weapons, it is unlikely they will be restricted to northern Africa either, with groups in Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan likely keen on their own acquisitions

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2 Responses to US to Deploy More Military Forces in Libya

  1. shirley Clay says:

    JUST ANEXCUSE TI PT BOOTS ON THE GROUND DO NOT FALL FOR THE STUPID HYSTERIA CIRCULATING US BRINGING IN AL QEIDA ALQEIDA WAS ALWAYS AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN SMALL GROUP THIS IDIOT IN LIBYA WAS NEVER CORE AL QEIDA AND IS DEFECTOR WITH SMALL RABBLE FOLLOWING THIS SORT OF STUPID HYSTERIA AND TOTAL FARCE CAN CAUSE WHOLE ME TO BECOME WAR ZONE AND YOU PEOPLE SPREADINFG THIS GARBAGE WHO HAVE NO NOTHING ABOUT ALQEIDA WILL BE TO BLAME AND LIVES OF MILLIONS WILL BE PURT AT RISK THIS IDIOT RUMOR BEING CIRCULATED ON LIBYA SOS WEBSITE THESE SMALL GROUP ARE BEING SENT THERE TO PLACE US PRESENCE ON GROUND IT IS NOT THEIR PLACE TO SECURE MISSLIES AND STORAGE PLACES THEY ALWAYS USE TERRORIST THREAT OR TERRORISM TO INVADE

  2. Kerstin says:

    This is a peculiar text. Who looted these weapons? Who owned them from the beginning?
    Are US saying that Ghadaffi had them but restrained himself from using them to defend Libya by shooting down Nato’s bomb planes?
    Or are they saying that the “rebels” have stolen them (from whom in that case?) and sold them to other states or persons, in order to make money for themselves?
    Or, are they simply saying that they want a good reason to prepare for no-fly zones anywhere they want, referring to these alegded free floating weapons?

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