U.S. Seeks to Buy Up Missiles Loose in Libya

(New York Times) C.J. Chivers - The U.S. is discussing with the Libyan interim government the creation of a program to purchase shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles from militia members and others who gathered them up during the war, American government officials said. The talks are the latest step in a multinational effort to contain the risks posed by the thousands of portable antiaircraft weapons that are unaccounted for after rebel fighters overran government weapons depots during the battle against Col. Gaddafi's forces. Western security officials worry that terrorists could use these missiles to menace civilian passenger planes.

2011-12-23 00:00:00

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