Arms exports from Libya fuel conflicts abroad
Arms trafficking out of Libya is fueling terrorism in multiple conflicts, U.N. experts say.
The U.N. is investigating the transfer of weapons from Libya to over 14 countries, a violation of the U.N. arms embargo. The U.N. has documented the transfer of weapons to terrorist organizations in Mali, Tunisia, Chad, Syria, and Egypt, AFP reports.
Keeping tabs on Libya’s arms has been difficult, and the U.N. panel says thousands of weapons are controlled by militias and “non-state actors with tenuous or non-existent links to Libyan national authorities.”
The fall of Muammar Gaddafi brought decreased stability to Libya, with armed militias fighting the government for control of the country's borders, ports, and airports.