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Iran stole missiles during Gaddafi revolt in Libya

Con Coughlin in Tripoli

Published 23/09/2011 | 05:00

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Iran's Revolutionary Guards have stolen dozens of sophisticated surface-to-air missiles from Libya and smuggled them across the border into Sudan, according to Western intelligence reports.

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The weapons were seized by units attached to the Guards' elite Quds Force, which travelled to Libya from their base in southern Sudan.

Acting on orders from their commanders in Iran, they took advantage of the chaos following the collapse of the Gaddafi regime to seize "significant quantities" of advanced weaponry, according to intelligence officers in Libya.

They say the weapons stolen by Iran include sophisticated Russian-made SA-24 missiles that were sold to Libya in 2004. The missile can shoot down aircraft flying at 11,000ft.

"Iran is actively supporting a number of militant Islamist groups in Egypt, Gaza and southern Lebanon so there is concern that these sophisticated weapons will now fall into the hands of terror groups," said a senior military intelligence officer in an interview last night. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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