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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  6. Musthu

    That's really very ienretsting about Iran and Israel being on the same side against Qaddafi. But not really surprising given that the Iranian Revolution was a Also not surprising given Iranian complicity in the drug trade from Afghanistan into Turkey and thence Europe. is a typical PressTV story in the run-up to the NATO destruction of Libya.I increasingly don't trust Ahmadinejad or the ayatollahs. The antics in front of the UN appear very much staged as an elaborate false opposition. Not to mention their ludicrous naval patrols off the US coast.He calls the 911 attacks "mysterious". Big deal. Does he name names?Every intel agency on the face of the planet knows which Zionist Upper East Side plutocrats and thinktank gophers are behind the attacks. Even the intelligence agencies of Kiribati and Tuvalu, no doubt.The more I see what vipers Qaddafi is up against, the more respect I have for the man.

    May 21, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  7. Ayatollah Bear

    Picture essay of the "The Downfall of Qaddafi" and coming soon an analysis on the "Reconstruction of LIbya" at

    Sorry to shill my website but we cover the news, provide analyses, news roundups and a lot more on important global current events. We provide facts to help you be more informed, not feed you garbage talking points like much of the news. Please check us out, stay if you like.

    Today we had a picture essay on Qaddafi's death, tomorrow/tonight on Libyan reconstruction – soon we will be transitioning to talking about the Haqqanis in Af-Pak, or perhaps the Iraq withdrawal

    October 21, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  8. OOMPA Looms

    Shouldnt have this been talked about before?

    October 21, 2011 at 9:20 am | Reply
    • Ayatollah Bear

      Seriously. The first armories were looted in Tobruk and Benghazi as early as February. Journalists on the ground like CJ Chivers were talking about MANPADs soon afterwards – you saw pictures of kids walking around with them (admittedly rarely complete or functional sets) throughout the last 8 months

      How are we suddenly pretending this is a surprise?

      October 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  9. Mozo

    Why did NATO or the US went to Libyan first of all? The Libyan were not crying tobe liberated, so please look for those weapons before they gets in the wrong hands. America, please learn from your mistakes in the past.

    October 20, 2011 at 6:24 am | Reply
    • Ayatollah Bear

      Yes they were. Read a damn paper before you open your mouth please.

      Seriously man, you have Google, Wikipedia, everything. No one in the history of time has had as much information at their fingertips as you do. For the love of God, exercise it once in a while.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:32 pm | Reply
  10. Neeraj Mody

    The international media, influenced by the Americans, has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant or whatever you want to call him. However, the media as usual has also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of. Gaddafi unlike most dictators has managed to show his humane side, the very side we dream of seeing in other dictators. I consider Libyans lucky to a certain extent and one wonders with the new democratic rule they cry for will it improve or worsen life for them. Yes, Gaddafi has spent millions of Libya`s money on personal ventures but is the average Libyan poor? We know others who take a country and destroy it until you feel like there is no hope of restoring this country… looting some prefer to call it. Did Gaddafi loot Libya in any way?

    Now let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.

    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.

    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.

    Traditional wedding in Tripoli, Libya

    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.

    6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.

    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.

    8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.

    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.

    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.

    Great Man-Made River project in Libya… $27 billion

    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.

    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

    13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000

    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15

    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree

    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

    Which other dictator has done so much good for his people?

    October 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Reply
    • sherman

      This was a scam from the beginning and shameful and NOW when I hear about doomsday prophecies (non religious of course) I wonder if they will be THAT stupid since they were this stupid! They also said he was crazy – one journalist quoted in 1971 – I don't know if he's being sarcastic or he's insane – of course because sarcasm and insanity are often confused with one another – rotten human race.

      October 20, 2011 at 5:57 am | Reply
    • Ayatollah Bear

      All of which led to a bloated bureaucracy, 25+% formal unemployment and far far more underemployment, continued wage inequalities between foreign migrant workers and Libyans etc.

      There is a reason Libyans hit the streets. Don't forget that when you are looking at your statistics thousands of miles away.

      October 21, 2011 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • Na

      Some credibility on this please, i couldn't find any credible sources to support this. "There is no electricity bill in Libya....." thing.

      October 24, 2011 at 6:22 am | Reply

    If the corporate media can be believed, and that's a really big "if", then, in spite of their flying literally thousands of missions over Libya, during the coup, I mean war of liberation, NATO has not lost a single aircraft or helicopter to theses devastating portable anti-aircraft systems. Maybe our Secretary of State should "allow" these duds to fall into the hands of our enemies and keep the money the government plans to spend on their retrieval in the United States where rumor has it, many are facing hard times and could use a little help from those whom they've elected to public service.

    October 19, 2011 at 6:18 am | Reply
    • Dan

      The issue is those launchers shooting down airliners.

      October 19, 2011 at 9:43 am | Reply
      • sherman

        no airplanes for this child.

        October 20, 2011 at 5:58 am |

        That concern is a day late and a few millions of dollars short. The leadership of the previous regime knew it was going down, and had plenty of time to hand them out to whomever wanted them. Many of them were probably puchased legally from some of the same nations which now call themselves allies of the insurgents. These governments knew the weapons (and others were there), and they accepted the consequences by going ahead with their regime change agenda anyway. I expect them to be as every bit as effective and successful in managing the flow of these devices as they have been in controlling the flow of illegal drugs and drug money around the globe.

        October 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  12. pete

    so Bush looks for 'weapons of mass destruction', can't find them and gets castigated in the press. Obama looks for weapons of mass destruction because they can't find them and two paragraphs is all it rates.

    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 |
  13. 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
  14. Tom Clark

    This story sounds familiar? Oh yea, Afghanistan.

    October 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Johnna

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

    October 18, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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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