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Libyan Arms Fuel Conflict and Terrorism, U.N. Experts Say

Anti-Gaddafi fighters fire a multiple rocket launcher near Sirte
© Goran Tomasevic / Reuters Libya has become a primary source of illicit weapons, U.N. experts say

Weapons have apparently been shipped to terrorist groups on several continents

Since Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was ousted in 2011, weapons from Libya have been spreading to several continents and fueled conflict, terrorism and insecurity, U.N. experts say.

A report to the bloc’s Security Council that AP obtained Wednesday says that Libya has become one of the world’s leading sources of illicit weapons. These are being sold to terrorist groups such as those in Mali, Tunisia, Chad and Lebanon. Previously there’s been evidence that weapons have also been moved to Syria.

The U.N. experts are currently investigating whether an arms embargo has been violated in the alleged transfer of weapons to 14 countries.


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