Recently, the United States pulled their trainers out of Libya, along with the Benghazi investigators. Soon thereafter, it was discovered that a large number of weapons we had sent them disappeared from the facility, including dozens of armored GMV vehicles, 100 Glock pistols, 100 M4 rifles, and every single pair of high technology night vision goggles.
One unnamed source, speaking on the signifigance of the theft said:
"It's not just equipment ... it's the capability. You are giving these very dangerous groups the capability that only a few nations are capable of. Already assassinations are picking up in Tripoli and there are major worries that the militias are using this stolen equipment to their advantage. All these militias are tied into terrorist organizations and are tied to (salafists)."
The fear is that salafists will use these weapons and their advanced capabilities to overthrow the US supported govenment in Libya. The salafists are a growing jihadist movement within the Salafist Muslim groups. What many diplomats fear is that they are seeing the same conditions that existed in Benghazi, now appearing in Tripoli and elsewhere in the country. It creates the possibility that the stolen weapons could be used to attack American convoys, hauling vital goods about the country.
Back in August, the motorcade of the European ambassador was attacked and now daytime attacks and robberies have become commonplace. And to add to the dangers faced in Libya, Al Qaeda affiliated groups have set up training camps, two in Benghazi and further to the East, where they funnel jihadists into Syria. One in four foreign fighters in Syria, come from these Libyan camps.
The camp near Tripoli that was abandoned by the US trainers has now been taken over by one of these groups. They are hoarding weapons, and it is feared, they are gearing for a takeover of the country.