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The following report from DEBKAfile details the Palestinian Jihad Islami attack on Israel using Grad rocket launchers smuggled from Libya. The consequences of Valerie Jarrett’s “right to protect” policy adopted by the Obama administration are now just starting to be felt.
From CNN from September 2011:
Little effort was made by coalition forces to recover the missiles, artillery shells and rocket launchers since the Libyan kinetic action was finalized.
From the Christian Science Monitor:
At newly discovered weapons-storage sites, thousands of shoulder-held surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) are unaccounted for. At one unguarded facility, empty packing crates and documents reveal that 482 sophisticated Russian SA-24 missiles were shipped to Libya in 2004, and now are gone. With a range of 11,000 feet, the SA-24 is Moscow’s modern version of the American “stinger,” which in the 1980s helped the US-backed Afghan mujahideen turn their war against the Soviet Union.
ABC news on October 21, 2011:
In the past month, some of the SAMs have turned up in Egypt and at the Israeli border. Egyptian authorities say they have arrested weapons smugglers bringing the weapons east from Libya toward Israel. According to the Washington Post, so many of the weapons were being sold in Egyptian black markets that the price had dropped from $10,000 to $4,000 per weapon.
It would take only one of the shoulder-fired, heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles, which have a range of two miles, to bring down a commercial aircraft.
Hamas is receiving Libyan weapons in the Gaza strip as shown in this video from last November:
And now Israel is feeling the consequences of “the right to protect” policy that overthrew a government without the oversight needed to ensure the safety of the Middle East.
After a short break Saturday morning from shooting more than 80 missiles against a dozen southern Israeli towns and villages Friday night and early Saturday, March 9-10, the Palestinian Jihad Islami resumed firing on Beersheba and the Eshkol region. They also released a video clip showing them firing Grad multiple rocket launchers mounted on vehicles on Israeli civilian targets. DEBKAfile: This was solid evidence that the Iranian-backed Jihad had put into service weapons smuggled in from Libya five months ago, as DEBKAfile was first to report November 11, 2011: Fifty Libyan Muslim Brotherhood mercenaries arrived in the Gaza Strip from Tripoli last month at the wheels of minivans on which were mounted the new Grad multiple rocket-launchers last seen on the Libyan battlefield in use against Muammar Qaddafi’s army.
Western intelligence agents operating in the Gaza Strip who tried at the time to find out from the Libyan Islamist rebels who was behind the smuggling operation were blocked by a dense wall of Palestinian Jihad Islamic operatives.
Since then, the Libyans have been training the Palestinian teams in the use of the multiple rocket systems – undisturbed by any Israeli military interference.