North African militant groups affiliated with terrorist organizations and the Muslim Brotherhood have made off with large numbers of sensitive United States-issued military equipment in Libya.
The items stolen included dozens of heavily armored vehicles called GMVs, each with GPS navigation systems and specialized weapons mounts, according to Fox News.
Approximately 100 Glock pistols and more than 100 M4 rifles are also missing. But that’s not the worst of it. Fox reported:
More disturbing, according to the sources, is that it seems almost every set of night-vision goggles has also been taken. This is advanced technology that gives very few war fighters an advantage on the battlefield.
Advanced night vision capability has always given U.S. military a tremendous advantage on the battlefield, allowing troops to say, “We own the night,” as the mantra goes.
“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,” one unidentified source told Fox News. “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 Fox report also said:
The “salafists” are a jihadist movement among Salafi Muslims. This growing movement in Libya directly endangers the U.S.-supported government, and sources worry that this sensitive equipment is now going to be used by these groups in an attempt to overthrow the government and install a more hardline Muslim leadership.
“The theft of these weapons and the open borders are feeding Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood and threatens Libya’s neighbors as well,” an anonymous source told Fox. “It’s already bad…. and now it’s really bad.”
Ironically, the Obama administration continues to campaign for ever-stricter gun control laws that only make it more difficult for law-abiding citizens to possess firearms. The efforts, though, do succeed at putting weapons in the hands of those who would do us harm, either by accident, as in this case, or by design, as with the Syrian rebel forces and Operation Fast and Furious. An editorial cartoon from Legal Insurrection’s A.B. Branco illustrates this paradox perfectly.
Watch the video, courtesy of Fox News.