Cache of 43 Libyan missiles found

Bashar Assad of Syria

Algerian security services have found 43 anti-aircraft missiles hidden in the sand near the Libyan border, it has been reported.
The French-language daily El Watan on Monday quoted unnamed security officials as saying the missiles were found in the town of In Amenas in southern Algeria. Government officials would not confirm the report.
The paper says the cache included Russian designed SA-24 antiaircraft missiles and the shoulder-fired SAM-7 from the arsenal of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
According to the US, Libya amassed some 20,000 shoulder-fired anti-aircraft weapons, the largest such stockpile in a nonproducing country.
Algerian authorities have warned that weapons from Libya’s civil war could fall into terrorist hands.
Last month a secret cache of mustard gas that Gaddafi had not declared to the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons was found in Libya.
There are now similar fears about the fate of the Assad regime’s chemical weaponry in Syria, with US intelligence officials voicing fears that they could fall into the hands of the likes of Shiite Muslim group Hizbollah.



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