The Fourth Horn of Libya

Al-Qaeda eyes Gaddafi’s uranium and missiles

<img alt="Thousands of barrels of yellowcake lie corroding in the warehouses. Sabha’s stock of uranium has been public knowledge since it was discovered by rebels in 2011 but nothing has been done about it” height=”413″ src=”http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/multimedia/archive/00466/139733247__466261c.jpg&#8221; style=”margin: auto; width: auto;” width=”620″ />Thousands of barrels of yellowcake lie corroding in the warehousesAnthony Loyd 
 

The barefoot rebel in the pork pie hat is a troubled man. A former human trafficker, today he presides over a vast arsenal in southern Libya that includes an estimated 4,000 surface-to-air missiles, each capable of downing a passenger jet, and has access to thousands of barrels of uranium yellowcake (ore sometimes used to produce nuclear weapons) in an abandoned desert warehouse.
Between receiving al-Qaeda emissaries seeking to buy his stocks, and Western intelligence agents who want to secure them, he wonders who may kill him first.
“Sometimes I’m afraid that al-Qaeda will get me,” said Bharuddin Midhoun Arifi.

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