US-made Javelin missiles seized in Gharyan were first sold to France

US-made Javelin missiles seized in Gharyan were first sold to France

July 10, 2019 - 11:39
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The New York Times disclosed in a report Tuesday that the four US Javelin missiles found in Gharyan after the recapture of the city by the Libyan Army forces were sold to France in 2010.

According to the newspaper, the US State Department's investigation concluded after going through the serial numbers as well as other information that the missiles were originally sold to France, which is a strong supporter of Haftar.

France has agreed to purchase up to 260 Javelin missiles from the United States in 2010, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency at the Pentagon.

Two US officials confirmed that the State Department briefed the House and Senate Foreign Relations Committees on Monday on its conclusion, regarding that the missiles were sold to France.

The newspaper quoted a French military adviser, Tuesday, as saying that the missiles were not transferred to Haftar in Libya, which if so, consists a violation to the arms sales agreement with the US and the United Nations arms embargo.

The French adviser - who refused to state his identity-, confirmed that the missiles found in Gharyan belong to the French forces, explaining that they were for the purpose of protecting the French experts and troops, who were deployed in Libya to carry out intelligence and counter-terrorism operations.

These statements shed light on the French military interference in the war against Tripoli and implicit recognition of the presence of French military personnel in Gharyan, before its liberation by the Libyan army.