UK Weapons still missing from Libya
Britain’s weapons in US Benghazi consulate remain missing
Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:48AM GMT
British military materials kept in the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi remain unaccounted a month after the lightly-guarded site was overrun in an attack.
Lieutenant Colonel Andrew Wood, the leader of a US special forces team in Libya, said British diplomatic security teams struck an agreement with Americans in June to leave their weapons and vehicles at the US compound, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
The decision was made in the aftermath of an assassination attempt on the former British ambassador to Libya, Sir Dominic Asquith, and the subsequent withdrawal of British diplomats from the North African country.
Lieutenant Colonel Wood noted that the British could “leave their weapons and vehicles on our compound in Benghazi” and would “come back and at times withdraw their weapons and vehicles and then return them and leave.”
On September 11, clashes broke out at the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi after a group of people held a demonstration to protest against a movie deemed offensive Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
US Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and three staff members of the US consulate were killed during clashes at the consulate building.
The incident occurred following a massive demonstration held earlier in the day in neighboring Egypt to condemn the anti-Islam movie.
He said that the withdrawal of British diplomats and Red Cross workers should have been a warning to US diplomats.
“I almost expected the attack to come. We were the last flag flying, it was a matter of time,” the US military figure said.
Meanwhile, an unnamed British Foreign Office spokeswoman said, “Following the suspension of our office in Benghazi the US consulate agreed to store some equipment on our behalf. We are working with the US to establish what, if anything, has happened to this equipment”.
She however did not give details of the British equipment in Benghazi.