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U.S. Spends $30 Million Looking For Gadhafi Missiles

October 17, 2011 by  

U.S. Spends $30 Million Looking For Gadhafi Missiles

After the U.S. helped Libyans oust Moammar Gadhafi, hundreds of surface-to-air missiles and other dangerous weapons fell into the hands of Libyan rebels and terror groups. Americans are now footing the bill for a $30 million program to track down the weapons.

Under the program, the U.S. government has sent 14 civilian military contractors to help the Libyan transitional government search for the weapons, according to an article in The Washington Post.

President Barack Obama refused to send U.S. soldiers to Libya for the missile retrieval mission to avoid raising ire in the region and from members of Congress at home. Despite the lack of military involvement, the contractor mission represents the biggest weapons-retrieval initiative since those in Iraq and Afghanistan.

During the rebel raids on the Gadhafi compound last month, Libyan rebels — many of whom are linked to al-Qaida — were said to be seen looting hundreds of weapons, including assault rifles, grenades and shoulder-fired missiles. The U.S. urgency in recovering the surface-to-air missiles stems from the ability of those weapons to shoot down commercial aircraft; in fact, 40 commercial planes have been shot down in such manner since the 1970s.

Last week, security forces apprehended several Libyan missiles en route to Egypt, where they are often sold on the black market. Reportedly, in regions with a high number of surface-to-air missile black market sales, the number available is so high that the price of a missile has dropped from $10,000 to about $4,000.


Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Robert Smith

    And the cost of letting terrorists get the misiles is???

  • James

    I believe we will see what the cost will be shortly in one region of the world or the other. One of these days all hell is going to break loose in that area of the world.

  • CaptainMoosie

    Actually, the caption under the photograph is quite incorrect. It is not a “gun”, but rather a KBM Kolomna 9K32 Strela-2 missile and canister (NATO Code Name Grail-7)….it is a man-portable surface-to-air with a infrared homing seeker head fully capable of shooting down almost any aircraft in the skies. It has been manufactured in the former Soviet Union, and the present Russian Republic since 1968 to date. Only military aircraft, so equipped with the appropriate counter measures, can ward off one of these puppies, not commercial airliners. These would be very dangerous in the hands of extremists…

    $30 million will be money well spent by us to get these missiles off of the military weapons black markets.

  • bob wire

    Nasty ,expensive business.

    These type of weapons make flying a delicate thing to consider.

    It puts a lot of wild cards in the deck making war games even more risky

    • eddie47d

      If we sent these missles to the rebels to use in taking down Gaddafi then how could the rebels be “looting” them? That is a contradiction and a misrepresentation of words. When it comes to wars the right always says that “wars are messy” and “there will be unintended consequences” (such as civilian deaths). Could this be one of those times. Not much different than our selling Stinger Missiles to the Taliban to use against the Russians and then they turned those missles against us. As Moosie said it will be worth the money to get them back if future terrorist acts are to be avoided.

      • bob wire

        the dogs of war ~ The will and the means ` I don’t believe there is a good answer other then just LOVE.

        and that not very effective as it’s usually misunderstood in the haze of fear and doubt.

        Cattle left to free graze for a year or two are just as stubborn and ornery. They don’t see love and care but someone making them do something and they know it’s not a good thing. That’s the same way many of these tribes feel about the events that surround them.

        Can’t say I blame them.

        Some form of terrorism has always existed in mankind, this sort of weaponry permits a few to do a lot of damage at little cost to themselves.

  • Raggs

    The fast-n-furious 2.0

    • Robert Smith

      What would you offer as an alternative?


    • KHM

      @ Raggs, As i read the article I thought of Fast & Furious to about the tenth power.
      Though we supposedly gave the missiles to the rebels, there should hav been some kind of safeguarding if they were still under our control. Or we should have learned from Aghanistan as one reader commented.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Where in the article does it say WE gave the rebels these SOVIET weapons?? More accurately the article says the rebles were looting GHADAFFI’s stockpiles after his and his sons ouster from areas like Serte.

  • http://yahoo don

    too bad someone doesnt come out with a new propultion that would make infrared missiles ineffective,

  • s c

    This has the same stench that some types want to level at GB. Back when GB was in the W H, he made the mistake of waiting too long to go after and locate a certain wacko’s WMDs. That certain space cadet had plenty of time to hide/get rid of those WMDs. ‘Some’ want us to believe that that airheaded space cadet never had any WMDs (the very same WMDs that he used against the Kurds).
    Now, with Obummer trying to act like a man (a C-i-C, no less), he’s somehow neglected to consider the downside of letting yet another group of certified wackos have special weapons that they do NOT need. Way to go, Obummer. Once again, you have willingly played the part of a Manchurian Candidate.
    Your dog-and-pony act is in the headlines, and even the whorebag media can’t maintain your bought-and-paid-for “reputation.” Feeling any heat back there in Washington, Mr. Prez? Looking for the sympathy vote, Mr. Prez? Resign, putz. You don’t pack the gear. You can’t buy the gear. You wouldn’t know what to do if you COULD buy the gear. RESIGN!

    • LIb JOhnson

      I agree wholeheartedly. He’s just a little boy at play in a big playhouse.

  • 45caliber

    We spend $30 mil to find these weapons – if we can at all. And exactly what do we plan to do once we do find them?

  • Evalyn Bennett

    We wouldn’t have to spend money and endanger U.S. citizens to retrieve these weapons if the President hadn’t violated the Constitution and committed an act of war without Congressional approval by sending our troops to Libya in the first place!!!!!!!

    • AJ

      Wouldn’t it be a shame if they took one of those contraptions and aimed it at Air Force number ? Oh, That would be terrible wouldn’t it.
      Or would it be poetic justice?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Watch out for Nobummer 4.0 due out soon. He just sent 100 troops to Central Africa. Just “Advisors” you say? That’s EXACTLY how Viet Nam started!!!

  • Norbert Ueberschaar


    In the article Soros said, “True sovereignty belongs to the people, who in turn delegate it to their governments.”

    “If governments abuse the authority entrusted to them and citizens have no opportunity to correct such abuses, outside interference is justified,” Soros wrote. “By specifying that sovereignty is based on the people, the international community can penetrate nation-states’ borders to protect the rights of citizens.

    “In particular,” he continued, “the principle of the people’s sovereignty can help solve two modern challenges: the obstacles to delivering aid effectively to sovereign states, and the obstacles to global collective action dealing with states experiencing internal conflict.”

    Read more: Syria mobilizing troops for conflict with U.S., NATO

  • chuckb

    was overthrowing gadhafi really worth it, i believe in was nothing but a diversion for barry. we are now getting involved in africa, all the bleeding hearts see the movies of the women and children mistreated and starved, flies crawling over the young children. do you ever wonder where the able bodied men are when these scenes appear on the tv? they are either fighting with the rebels or against them these are warring factions, these people have been fighting since time began, just like the arabs and jews. we should never involve our troops in these matters it will be another quicksand war and we will be the loser. let the african nations take care of their own.
    the main thing we should be involved in is getting the lunatic out of the white house before he gets this nation in ww3.

  • Norbert Ueberschaar



  • Mr Nightmare

    I am a former spook… Yes, my moniker was Mr Nightmare since 1971 in Nam. I have intel friends all over the planet and over a month ago I was informed that thousands of Ghadaffi’s SA-7′s were already in the Gaza Strip… probably lots more by now. Obamanov refuses to think that his buddies in the terrorist group Hamas would have ANYTHING to do with those missiles… GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

  • dale

    Mr Nightmare says—
    i read the same thing , and are in or heading to Gaza ,
    debka files

  • http://Yahoo Jack Lee

    The giving of weapons and any possible future problems are just the cost of doing this type of business. The US has to do the things it does to try and keep balance and peace in the world. These types of actions will keep things from comimg to a head which could lead to a world war. Yes, I fly a lot and I may be on a plane that is shot dowm by a missile and that missile my even be a US Stinger,, ( The Stinger is the best in the world, other missiles are not nearly as good ) and that OK with me. It’s just the cost of doing this type of business.

  • chuckb

    jack lee, why don’t we just hand out a few nuclear bombs then if it’s just the cost of doing business. that should secure us from another world war right?

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Now THAT we wouldn’t have to go retrieve!! They’d hand deliver it BACK to us!!!


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