• The United States has claimed that a team of its officials and Libyan bomb disposal experts has secured about 5,000 surface-to-air missiles stockpiled during the regime of Muammar al-Gaddafi.

  • they had identified, disbanded and secured Man-Portable Air Defence Systems, while thousands more have been destroyed during NATO bombing.

  • Dozens of these missiles were detonated along the shore facing Sidi Bin Nur village, east of Tripoli, as Shapiro, on a one-day visit to Libya. MANPADS are perceived as potential weapons which can be used by militant groups against commercial airliners and helicopters. These missiles have been widely used in military conflicts.