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article imageUS weapons and armored vehicles stolen in Libyan raids

By Ken Hanly     Sep 28, 2013 in Politics
Tripoli - US military equipment, that had been used by US Special Forces stationed in Libya was stolen over the summer in raids in late July and early August.
The thefts may very well have been by groups aligned with or working with terrorist organizations State Department sources told Fox news. These raids apparently contributed to a decision to pull out Special Forces from Libya. No doubt few Americans even knew they were there in the first place.
The Special Forces were said to be there on a training mission but they apparently were also doing investigations related to the earlier killing of the US Ambassador in a raid on the US consul in Benghazi. Equipment stolen included dozens of M4 rifles, night-technology and special laser aiming devices to be mounted on guns and are used with the night-vision equipment.
The military training camp is on the outskirts of Tripoli. The group was pulled from Libya. The 12 member US team regularly stayed at a nearby villa which served as a safehouse at night located just outside of Tripoli. Each night, the camp was secured by Libyan forces. However, on two occasions the camps were raided by militias or groups associated with terrorists.
Another report says that dozens of highly armored vehicles, called GMVs, are among the items that were stolen. Also the report lists about 100 Glock pistols, and the same number of M4 rifles as taken along with night vision goggles.
One source said: It's not just equipment ... it's the capability. You are giving these very dangerous groups the capability that only a few nations are capable of, Already assassinations are picking up in Tripoli and there are major worries that the militias are using this stolen equipment to their advantage. All these militias are tied into terrorist organizations and are tied to (salafists)."
The source sees the salafists as jihadists among Salafi Muslims. The US apparently fears that salafists will use these weapons to overthrow the US-supported government. Apparently the US-run camp has now been taken over by a militia group.
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