Libyan rebels train using missiles from Qatar

Libyan rebels have been using French-made MILAN missile launchers to practise hitting targets in the Libyan desert.

The MILAN is a wire guided missile system which means the operator must be able to see their target through the sights on the weapon before firing.

Qatar recently confirmed previously secret deliveries of weapons to the rebels claiming that it is permitted by the UN resolution to supply "defensive weapons".

The UK government has so far refused calls to arm the rebels, pledging instead to send a team of military advisers to eastern Libya.

The 12 advisers will show Libya's Transitional National Council “how to improve their military organisational structures, communications and logistics", William Hague, the Foreign Secretary, said.

[Source: The Telegraph, London, 21Apr11]

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