Doug Bedell — October 3, 2011, 11:48 am

Hunt’s On For Missing Libyan Missiles


There always seem to be missing weapons in the aftermath of world political upheavals. But in security terms, that’s important to be mindful of, and if you’re an official responsible for tracking missing munitions, to keep after them.

Right now, Libya seems the place to be, ABC News advises. The U.S. State Department has one of its officials and five contractors working with the Libyan rebels’ Transitional National Council to find missing weapons, especially shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles, which are a threat to airliners.

The wonder is that errant regimes like that of Muammar Quadaffi are able to amass so many menacing weapons in the first place. ABC reports that Libya had an estimated 20,000 man-carried surface-to-air missiles before its popular uprising began in February, but the U.S. government doesn’t seem to know quite how many it’s looking for.

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