Sunday, September 4, 2016
Land Mine Libya.
Where there is a will there is a way!!
From Strategy Page this aspect of the GWOT strange but true!
"Weapons: How To Survive In The Libyan Desert"
"September 2, 2016: ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) is short of cash and weapons in Libya and one way they have coped is to dig up some of the millions of German and Allied landmines planted during World War II and never removed during or after the war. This was mainly because many of the mines were in desert areas where people didn’t live and rarely moved through. Local governments in Libya and Egypt, where most of these abandoned World War II mines resided never got around to removing them and concentrated their mine clearing efforts on populated areas near the coast. The presence of these mines was known to some desert tribes and given the dire state of the Libyan economy since 2011 some enterprising tribesmen saw an opportunity."
ISIL both ruthless and RESOURCEFUL! Those millions of land mines from that era of WORLD WAR TWO a source of revenue and explosives vital to the Libyan affiliate of the Islamic State.
Explosive material staying active more or less forever? Especially in such an arid climate as the Libyan desert?
Thank the Axis and thank the British for an ISIL gold-mine in the middle of the desert!!