US missiles found in Libya compound belonged to France

In this Saturday, June 29, 2019 photo, U.S. made Javelin anti-tank missile is displayed in Tripoli, Libya, after being captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA). France’s Defense Ministry acknowledged that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military. A statement Wednesday, July 10, 2019, said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It says they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction. (AP Photo/Hazem Ahmed)

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

PARIS (AP) — France’s Defense Ministry acknowledged Wednesday that U.S.-made missiles captured from the self-styled Libyan National Army belonged to the French military.

A statement said the missiles were originally intended to protect French anti-terrorism forces in Libya and so did not violate an arms embargo. It said they were damaged and no longer operational, and were put into storage for destruction.

The revelation risks being highly embarrassing for France, which has offered support for LNA leader Khalifa Hifter. Hifter controls much of eastern Libya and is fighting militias in Tripoli loosely allied to a weak, U.N.-backed government. Pro-government fighters seized the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missiles, UAE-made Yabhon drones, and Russia-made Kornet anti-tank guided missiles in June.

France denied transferring the missiles to Hifter’s forces and said the Americans had been informed.

Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Recent Videos

SUPERSIZED KX Storm Team #OneMinuteForecast w/Tom Schrader 6/4

Thumbnail for the video titled "SUPERSIZED KX Storm Team #OneMinuteForecast w/Tom Schrader 6/4"

Amber's Thursday Morning #OneMinuteForecast 6/4

Thumbnail for the video titled "Amber's Thursday Morning #OneMinuteForecast 6/4"

701 Capital Cornhole

Thumbnail for the video titled "701 Capital Cornhole"

A seasonable Thursday forecast

Thumbnail for the video titled "A seasonable Thursday forecast"

Golf Talk

Thumbnail for the video titled "Golf Talk"

Cancer Treatments

Thumbnail for the video titled "Cancer Treatments"

Chief Health Strategist

Thumbnail for the video titled "Chief Health Strategist"

Warrant Issued

Thumbnail for the video titled "Warrant Issued"

Hazen Baseball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Hazen Baseball"

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 - KX Storm Team Evening Forecast - Dave Holder

Thumbnail for the video titled "Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 - KX Storm Team Evening Forecast - Dave Holder"

COVID-19 Survivor

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Survivor"

Gorman Pleas

Thumbnail for the video titled "Gorman Pleas"

NDR Funds

Thumbnail for the video titled "NDR Funds"

Zakian Resigns

Thumbnail for the video titled "Zakian Resigns"

Covid & Pools

Thumbnail for the video titled "Covid & Pools"

Patterson Place

Thumbnail for the video titled "Patterson Place"

Police Dangers

Thumbnail for the video titled "Police Dangers"

Airmen Identified

Thumbnail for the video titled "Airmen Identified"

KX Storm Team #OneMinuteForecast w/Tom Schrader 6/3

Thumbnail for the video titled "KX Storm Team #OneMinuteForecast w/Tom Schrader 6/3"

Robert Suhr KX News 5:20am Forecast 6-3

Thumbnail for the video titled "Robert Suhr KX News 5:20am Forecast 6-3"
More Video

KX News Trending Stories

Don't Miss

Daily Pledge

More Daily Pledge