Anti-Tank Missile in Libya Looks like Iran-Produced Weapon—U.N.

December 8, 2020


Michelle Nichols



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After analyzing photographs of an anti-tank guided missile used by a militia in Libya, the United Nations Secretary General reported that the weapon "had characteristics consistent with the Iranian-produced Dehlavieh." However, the Secretary General was unable to determine whether the missile had been transferred to Libya in violation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, which expired in October 2020. The photographs allegedly surfaced on social media in November 2019. Libya is subject to an ongoing U.N. arms embargo, and an interim report by the Security Council's Libya sanctions committee concluded that what the photographs show is "almost certainly an Iranian manufactured Dehlavieh." The committee said the transfer of the missile system is a violation of the arms embargo on Libya but did not say who transferred it.