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chill_wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-24-11 09:48 PM
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3. TNC Failing to secure weapons. HRW: "No time to waste."

Libya: Transitional Council Failing to Secure Weapons
Stockpiles of Surface-to-Air Missiles, Other Arms Found Unguarded
October 25, 2011

For months we have been warning the NTC and NATO about the dangers posed by these vast stockpiles of unguarded weapons, and the urgent need to secure them. Surface-to-air missiles can take down civilian aircraft, and the explosive weapons can be converted easily into the car bombs and IEDs that have killed thousands in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch)

(Misrata) Vast amounts of unsecured explosive weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, remain unguarded in the area around Sirte, Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Transitional Council (NTC), Libyas transitional government, has promised for months that it would secure weapons facilities.

Two unguarded sites near Sirte inspected by Human Rights Watch on October 22, 2011, contained surface-to-air missiles, tank and mortar rounds, large numbers of munitions, and thousands of guided and unguided aerial weapons.


Thousands of crates of rocket-propelled grenades, such as RPG-7 shells for tank cannons, artillery and mortar projectiles, anti-aircraft rounds, and other munitions lay dispersed for kilometers in the open desert around the second facility, also apparently moved to prevent them from being targeted in NATO strikes. Human Rights Watch spent two hours inspecting the site, without seeing a guard or any other person. Many of the bunkers had already been heavily looted.

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  -HRW: Libya: Bodies Found at Sirte Hotel Apparent Execution of 53 Gaddafi Supporters chill_wind  Oct-24-11 09:30 PM   #0 
  - Add them to the 95 that HRW found out on the road in Sirte  EFerrari   Oct-24-11 09:35 PM   #1 
  - That together is already, probably, more than the number  Fool Count   Oct-24-11 10:08 PM   #6 
  - Not very promising - let's hope things improve. nt  MannyGoldstein   Oct-24-11 09:40 PM   # 
  - They will certainly have their hands full  chill_wind   Oct-24-11 09:59 PM   #4 
  - ..  ellisonz   Oct-24-11 09:40 PM   #2 
  - TNC Failing to secure weapons. HRW: "No time to waste."  chill_wind   Oct-24-11 09:48 PM   #3 
  - r&  court jester   Oct-24-11 09:59 PM   #5 
  - My guess  chill_wind   Oct-24-11 10:09 PM   #7 
  - Funny you should ask, they were thrown under it back in April...  Turborama   Oct-25-11 05:40 AM   #10 
     - Their record is mixed. A humanitarian org has no business  EFerrari   Oct-25-11 07:03 AM   #12 
     - Kind of like Amnesty International. Each side takes a turn throwing HRW or AI under the bus when  pampango   Oct-25-11 11:17 AM   #14 
  - Investigate NTC fighters and Gaddafi. Other reports from HRW about Libya.  pampango   Oct-25-11 05:34 AM   #8 
  - .  Starry Messenger   Oct-25-11 05:36 AM   #9 
  - ALL war crimes should be investigated and prosecuted  pinboy3niner   Oct-25-11 05:48 AM   #11 
     - Not going to happen  ProgressiveProfessor   Oct-25-11 09:49 AM   #13 

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