Know your surface-to-air missiles
October 17th, 2011
04:43 PM ET

The U.S. field guide to Libya's missing weapons

The U.S. has started distributing this "MANPADS Recognition Guide" to countries bordering Libya as part of the expanded effort to help track down and secure surface-to-air missles and related equipment that have been looted from Libyan weapons bunkers.  The document is being provided so border guards can more easily identify the different parts and prevent weapons smuggling.

The pamphlet has been distributed in various languages including English, Arabic and French.  Security Clearance was provided an English-language version of the pamphlet by the State Department.


Filed under: Algeria • Diplomacy • Egypt • Gadhafi • Libya • Morocco • NTC
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    October 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Reply
    • KeithOK

      No, Bush invaded a country using "weapons of mass destruction" as a rationale, and his administration assured us they are there. After extensive searching, it is clear that they weren't and the rationale was flawed.
      Obama officials are working to track down dangerous weapons we know were in the Libyan inventory, before they get into the hands of the wrong people, like any President from either party would.

      Not much similarity when you deal with the actual facts. Bush was not criticized because of a poor job of finding weapons of mass destruction, he was criticized for making a major policy decision on weapons of mass destruction that did not exist. This is hardly the same as not finding conventional weapons immediately after you start looking for them.

      October 19, 2011 at 10:54 am | Reply
      • Dave

        Actually, Iraq did possess chemical weapons, remember Chemical Ali? The thing is, we ended up destroying them during Operation desert fox, but didn't know we did. Sadaam admitted that he kept up the appearance of WMDs to use as a bargaining tool, figuring Bush wouldn't follow through. The cease fire at the end of the first gulf war stated Iraq had to prove destruction of all chemical, biological and nuclear weapons. He did not document the destruction, so the war was legal. Plain an simple. When these Libyan anti-aircraft missiles and mustard gas end up in a US city, you will see the need to take this stuff seriously.

        October 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
      • robert breisch

        Bush, Jr was partly correct because Bush , Sr authorized Rumsfeld to sell Iraq mass quantities of nerve agents in the disguise of agricultural pesticides, which were refined back into nerve agents,as well as the sales of 16,000 155 mm artillery shells,each contains 96 pounds of C4 or TNT.This was just the tip of the iceberg in what we sold Iraq.Iraq was trying to buy atom bombs from the former USSR.Since we did not know if he had them, the Bush group speculated poorly and we were at war.just because nuclear weapons were not discovered does not mean they are not well hidden.

        October 19, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  80. jACKSON

    So. the POTUS decides to oust the leader of the country, with no plans other than to rely on unreliable allies to find and confiscate these weapons, and now we have to be fearful of them falling into the wrong hands. That's what happens when a Community Organizer starts a war and leaves others (than our very capable military), to fight it. And don't give him kudo's for Bin Laden and the others...that was all the work of our CIA and military...he have the 'go-ahead' because he had no other choice politcally. Besides, it gave his poll numbers a short-lived bounce.

    October 18, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply
    • ken

      Community Organizer is the official US president , get over it. Next time you run for president and we might elect you.

      October 19, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • JCAinLAS

      The President did not order the people of Libya to revolt against Gaddafi; he did not "start a war" (as did Bush, Jr. did in Iraq) and let others in Libya to fight it.. You state that the "community organizer" gave the go-ahead to take out Osama bin Laden because he had no other choice politically? Really? I remember George Bush saying, and this is his actual quote, "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."- (G.W. Bush, 3/13/02) We are fortunate as a nation that our government made it a priority to take out Bin Laden. As to leaving our military to fight in Libya, wrong again. The only boots on the ground are four members of the American military in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, to determine what security measures are necessary to reopen the United States Embassy. Not exactly an invasion force. The United States, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Qatar, Spain, and the UK and US as part of a United Nations force have been enforcing the no-fly zone and naval blockade or providing military logistical assistance. Just vote Republican next year if your ingrained hatred for the President is so important to you, and leave the facts to others.

      October 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  81. Tom Clark

    This story sounds familiar? Oh yea, Afghanistan.

    October 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  82. Scott

    Not to worry. The brave freedom fighters have secured these weapons and prevented Ghadaffi from using them on our country. Not if we could just find them before they accidently end up in the hands of some religious zealots...

    October 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • mar

      Scott, please tell me that you were joking? right? in case you havent heard,it has already been CONFIRMED by nato and the EU anti terrorism unit that those weapons are already in the hands of AL-QAEDA, AQIM,LIFG,HAMAS,HEZBOLLAH,IRAN,and EGYPT!!

      this was been DOCUMENTED SIX MONTHS AGO! and all of the weapons that ended up in the hands of these hostile organizations came from BENGHAZI!! the rebels have been in control of benghazi since this phony revolution started, so the only way humanly possible that these weapons could have ended up in the hands of ALL of our enemies over there is because the REBELS ARE AL-QAEDA AND THEY GAVE THEM THE WEAPONS!!

      October 18, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  83. JOE

    Since Hank Williams Jr. has been fired by ESPN, maybe we can give him and all his roudy redneck friends a jobs in Libya to search for these weapons. And by the way a one way ticket would suit him best.

    October 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Reply
    • Bill Duke

      Sounds like a one -way ticket would suit you better.

      October 18, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  84. ngc1300

    If I'm in an airliner that gets shot down, I sure hope it's a Stinger, and not one of those Russian or Chinese knockoffs. The fit and finish is so much better on the American models. The loving attention put into these lethal weapons by the American arms industry clearly shows.

    October 18, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  85. Johnna

    I wouldn't be flying to any airport in the middle east from now on!

    October 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  86. Joe E.

    They should give a copy to Mexican border guards.

    October 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Reply
    • Marko

      Which direction are you thinking these arms are going ? north or south?

      October 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  87. Mullah Fullah Bullah

    This is a major concern. These things could pop up literally near any airport in the world.

    October 18, 2011 at 11:53 am | Reply
    • robert breisch

      not to worry-our well intentional FBI or CIA will track them as they allow both the weapons and terrorists into the USA-and follow them and right as they are ready to shoot down the GOP leaders as they fly in their private jets-the feds will move in and stop the slaughter,just like the did on 911

      October 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
    • SweetMon

      It covers alot of true FACTS, execpt it pawns-off all the FACTS that the real fighters were all organized, trained and FINANCED by the CIA/MOSSAD/MI6, etc.Why does AP become so self-righteous, after the damage is done? AP was happy to edit real news, to broadcast, transmit and publish 100% of the LIES against the legitimate Libyan Government.Now they portray themselves as a squeaky-clean, objective news-service.

      May 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  88. brown

    Looks like they are worried about these missing items. Some poor innocent baaasstard will probably have to die now.

    October 18, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply

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