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OFF-THE-SHOULDER SLAUGHTER

ISIS has Qaddafi’s deadly anti-aircraft missiles. Will it target civilian planes?

@BroderJonathan

With Jeff Stein in Washington

DEEP IN Libya’s Sahara Desert, in the sunbaked town of Sabha, a ragtag group of gunmen loyal to one of the country’s two rival militias agreed to show Timothy Michetti their most prized weapons. Michetti, an experienced investigator for a London-based company that tracks the sources of small arms in conflict zones, traveled there on a hunch this past August. Local fighters, he reckoned, might have some of the shoulder-held anti-aircraft missiles that disappeared when rebels ousted Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011.

TARGET PRACTICE: Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of shoulder-held missiles like this Russian-made SA-7 remain unaccounted for in Libya, missing since the fall of Muammar el-Qaddafi.
HUSSEIN MALLA/AP
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