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11 missing airliners: Airliners missing from Libya spark 9-11 anniversary fears

Missing airliners – 11 in all – seized from a Tripoli airport in Libya by Islamic rebels has sparked concern that the missing planes will now be used in 9/11-style attacks, possibly in conjunction with the upcoming anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.

Libyan Arab Airlines at Tripoli International Airport
Libyan Arab Airlines at Tripoli International AirportWikimedia Commons

According to Malaysia news outlet The Rakyat Post, nearly a dozen commercial jets “operated by two Libyan-owned airlines went missing last month, after militant group Libyan Dawn took over the international airport in Tripoli.”

The seizure of the airport and jets has officials in the U.S. fearing that the “Islamic militants have stolen the commercial planes” in order to “carry out a 9/11-style terrorist attack,” writes the Post.

Recently, the US government issued warnings about the worsening state in Libya, saying that the planes could be used in attacks to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 US attacks, and also the second anniversary of the Islamic militant-led raid of the US Ambassador’s compound in Benghazi, Libya. -- Rakyat Post

The Daily Mail carried pictures of the brazen terrorists at the charred and smoking airport, climbing on the seized jet’s wings and posing in front of burning, blown-out parts of the terminal.

The state-owned jets from carriers Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways were taken by force last month when a brigade of Islamists raided the airport, leaving the terminal in little more than a smoldering ruin.

“September 11 not only marks the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center but it will also be the second anniversary of the raid of the U.S. Ambassador's compound in Benghazi, Libya,” the Daily News points out.

Libyan Dawn is regarded as an Al-Qaeda affiliated group, who are not necessarily in collusion with ISIS.

Writes the Inquisitr:

Over the last month, Libya has been spiraling out of control, as terrorist gains and attacks have intensified. As of August, the US embassy in Tripoli was overrun. Libya is the same country that was the site of the Benghazi scandal that still, though generally has been reduced to distant thunder, is hovering over the Obama administration. The attack took the life of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty.

The Washington Free Beacon cites an unnamed U.S. official as saying: “There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing. We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.”

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