Javelin missiles found in Libya from France


The French military said Javelin missiles found in a rebel base in Libya were purchased by the French government from the United States but never intended for sale or transfer to any party.

In a statement sent to reporters, the Army Ministry said the missiles were intended for “self-protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out counter-terrorism operations”.

“Damaged and unusable, the armaments were temporarily stocked at a depot ahead of destruction,” the ministry said.

The New York Times reported earlier the cache of four Javelin anti-tank missiles was recovered last month by Libyan government forces during a raid on a rebel camp in Gheryan, south of Tripoli.