France says Javelin missiles found in Libya were ‘unusable’

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The French army said on Wednesday several Javelin missiles found in a rebel base in Libya were purchased by the French government from the United States, but were never intended for sale or transfer to any party to the Libya conflict, denying that they were being used by the Libyan National Army.

In a statement sent to reporters, the Army Ministry said the missiles were intended for the “self-protection of a French military unit deployed to carry out counter-terrorism operations”.

“Damaged and unusable, the armaments were being temporarily stocked at a depot ahead of their destruction,” the ministry said.

The New York Times reported earlier that the cache of four Javelin anti-tank missiles were recovered last month by Libyan government forces during a raid on a rebel camp in the town of Gheryan, in the mountains south of Tripoli.

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