Algerian troops discovered a war chest of weapons stashed along Libya’s border, on Thursday—presumably a rainy day fund for the Islamic militants who wreak havoc in the region. Reuters reports:
Algeria and Libya’s other neighbors are worried about a dangerous spillover from growing turmoil in that country as Tripoli’s fragile central government struggles to contain militias and Islamist militants operating in its lawless southern desert.The source said the weapons found in Illizi in southern Algeria likely belonged to militants. They included 100 anti-aircraft missiles and hundreds of anti-helicopter rockets, landmines and rocket-propelled grenades.
We’ve argued consistently that our Libyan excursion was an ill-conceived venture that tied our hands in Syria and allowed weapons to fall into the hands of militant groups throughout the region. This story gives us a sense of the numbers and types of weapons involved.