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France Says Missiles Found in Libya Were ‘Unusable’


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Javelin anti-tank missiles found south of Tripoli. Reuters

Asharq Al-Awsat

France said on Wednesday anti-tank missiles it bought from the United States and were later found in a base were never intended for sale or transfer to any party to Libya's conflict.

The Defense Ministry said the US-made Javelin missiles were intended for the "self-protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out intelligence and counter-terrorism operations".

"Damaged and unusable, the armaments were being temporarily stocked at a depot ahead of their destruction," the ministry said in a statement.

The cache of four Javelin anti-tank missiles were discovered by forces loyal to the Government of National Accord led by Fayez al-Sarraj in Gheryan, in the mountains south of Tripoli, on June 26, the New York Times earlier reported.