September 7th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Missiles looted from Tripoli arms warehouse

A potent stash of Russian-made surface-to-air missiles is missing from a huge Tripoli weapons warehouse amid reports of weapons looting across war-torn Libya.

They are Grinch SA-24 shoulder-launched missiles, the equivalent of U.S.-made Stinger missiles. They are designed to target front-line aircraft, helicopters, cruise missiles and drones. They can shoot down a plane flying as high as 11,000 feet and can travel 19,000 feet straight out.

Fighters aligned with the National Transitional Council and others swiped armaments from the storage facility, witnesses told Human Rights Watch. The warehouse is located near a base of the Khamis Brigade, a special forces unit in Gadhafi's military, in the southeastern part of the capital.

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  1. Recollections of CNN's CIA/Gadhafi story

    1.) Gadhafi was trained at a war college in London. 2.) The CIA and Israeli MOSSAD backed Gadhafi, not Libyan citizens.3.) Some 60,000 Libyan citizens were killed by them 4.) Imagine Libya's 10 yr. anniverssary celebration marking the more-than 3,000 dead. 5.) Who cares if the missiles were Russian made. 6.) When Israel armed the madman Saddam Hussein, they weren't so stupid so as to arm him with Israeli made weapons...they were russian made weapons. Proof? Read 'the Teicher affidavit'.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Recollections and aknowlegements

    (no particular order) 1.) Mehdi General Dr. Bad 2.) Whitekong 78 3.) Protoman 4.) saywhat 5.) Helen Hull 6.) ThomasD 7.) chrissy 8.) raven 9.) RUFFNUTT 10.) Cesar 11.) Scottish Mama 12.) Hmmm 13.) tomcat 14.) Bobcat 2U 15.) Joey Isotta- Fraschini ?(hard to spell) 16.) s kel 17.) this could take a while. he he 18.) Philip(myself) 19.) guest 20.) anonymous (deep breath.) None of the lists I've made as 'recollections of...' are complete, and all rely on my memory, that get's jogged as I write...21.) Jazzzzzzzz ( the Very special) And here we go...all teary eyed goose bumpy...(cont.)

    September 7, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Recollections and aknowlegements

    (and I tried like heck to post this on the Bush remembers thread...wouldn't post. Looks like I'm good to go now) 'Bout a yr. ago, after posting my "stories" here for a few weeks and recieving nothing but flak...I posted that i couldn't deal with it anymore. I'm one of those kids that a 'holy man' got ahold of, and have suffered from severe manic depression all my life, even suicidal. (crying now) And this gal posted 'don't go. i like reading your stories'...and a year later, when I took Ahkmed the Terror Guy and said g/b, she posted ' no,no,no,no,no...' and that took me, it grabbed me hard. She's like a magnet. (though trolls began seemingly reversing polarity) That gal is known here as 22.) banasy. She's been here the whole time, like an anchor. Anyway...I feel that my oftentimes abrasive personality was getting in the way of some very important issues, and is why I ditched 'Philip'. I'm sorry for all the times I've upset you folks. I truly am, and will try to be more generic. k?

    September 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jazzzzzzzz

    @ Philip
    I will not speak for anyone but myself
    My dear, I have said you are like a special jewel
    I have all the respect for you in the world, Yet I also have not treated our friendship like I stated above.
    You are loved by people who really care, and lucky to have even more than one person who does.
    You are head and shoulders above many I have come across in my life.
    Love Jazzy
    Your the greatest, Ya know?

    September 7, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    God bless you, my GTG.
    In any way, shape or form that you decide to post here, I always know it's you.
    (I'm crying, too)
    Under name you choose to post under, you will always be my GTG.
    You may p!ss me off at times, but one thing you will always be is my friend.
    Friends sometimes snark at each other; that's normal.
    I am so, so, so glad you didn't entirely go away.

    And Madadme Royale~
    (Darn it, you remembered how much I dislike that thing, elephant memory), she also says:
    Luvya, White Hat Man!

    September 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    And if that Unholy man ever crosses my path, he'll be a eunuch, trust me.
    I am sorry for that; I had no idea it was a man who misrepresented God so completely.
    Forgive me.

    September 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Recolections of this evening

    Awe shucks and gee wilakers. My throat...I can hardly take a breath. You gals are the greatest and I love you both. (((((hug))))) Thank you Donna (gee, you used your real name. I'm honored) And Mary too! Wow. (saywhat won't even tell me what color hair)) Ya don't see that very often 'round here. I'll never forget this evening...your replies will ring in my ears for weeks, the one good ear I mean. he he And I can hardly wait to tell my therapist, Gregory M. Ortega, the second greatest man who ever walked this earth(in my eyes) about this experience. Hard to end this...but so dog tired. Thank you two for your kindness shown. I'm going to sleep like a baby tonight. (warm smile and warm palms of my hands on your lovely faces). gn

    September 7, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. the prophet

    Talk about conspiracy…China maybe dealing with arms too…. CIA no really!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. george

    What is the problem? When all of us watching Discovery and NAT.GEO we saw the only good weapons in the world are made by US.How is possible a old and a not american weapon could pose a treat to the world.Sincerely i believe is just a joke.Do you believe that?:))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))).
    The world politics have nothing to do with the reality.

    September 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Matt

    al-Qaida is broke, these babies will be going for a minimum of $50,000 US a piece so the majority will be paid for by Iran and end up in the hands of Hamas and Hizbullah.

    September 30, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
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