Jihadist Groups Take Growing Role in Arms Bazaar
Since the 2011 NATO war against Libya, looted weapons have been flowing out of the country in enormous amounts, with reports that the Sinai Peninsula was seeing the arms in late 2011. The trend has continued.
The peninsula is now host to an array of major arms bazaars, where weapons are auctioned to the highest bidders, attracting foreign factions from across the region to acquire the advanced weaponry of the Gadhafi regime.
Those arms auctions have done well, and the Sinai Peninsula’s location on the frontier between Africa and the Middle East makes it an ideal location for such sales, which are increasingly being organized by al-Qaeda linked factions, who would obviously have a long list of potential clients.
The looted arms from Libya played a direct role in the Malian civil war, and weapons have also showed up across the region, with militant factions taking advantage of easy availability to upgrade their arsenals.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- 10 Killed in Bombing in Pakistani Shopping District - February 23rd, 2017
- Syria Fighting Continues as UN Talks Get Under Way - February 23rd, 2017
- US Generals Seek Increased Coordination With Russia in Iraq, Syria - February 23rd, 2017
- Iraqi Forces Capture Mosul Airport, Advance Toward City - February 23rd, 2017
- Trump: Deportations Are 'A Military Operation' - February 23rd, 2017