Libyan illicit arms Facebook Group

    I came across this on accident, but there is a Facebook Group, based in Libya that is completely centered around the illicit small arms trade in that country. There is nothing surprising about the huge trade of illicit small arms in war torn countries, but the absolutely blatant exist of such a group is what really got me. The group has almost 9,000 members and is completely public on Facebook, not even secret or a members only section, just all out there for the world to see. It is almost as if Lord of War has entered the social media age in the form of online buying and selling. Everything from rare FN FALs and suppressed Beretta Model 70s, to complete rocket launcher systems and RPGs are sale. The posts read exactly like many of the legal and local firearms selling groups in the United States that I am apart. From places of sale, negotiable prices, bump posts, and reposts of items not sold. Except that potential customers are clamoring for M240s or Benelli M4s instead of Remington 700s or mint 1911s. I find it to be an extremely fascinating look into just what is out there on illicit small arms trade in other countries, almost a case study just by scrolling through all the for sale posts. I’ll attach some of the more interesting stuff I saw on it, but anyone with a Facebook account can log on and see every post in its entirety. If you can’t read Arabic, use google translate to work through the whole thing, and you’ll get a pretty good gist of what is being said.

    12366474_1489314421376457_8725073858951312409_n 11225293_217578061906565_3956215043147422539_n 12295357_198180953851195_8405041607697733801_n 12366380_439737289543263_6882091866777401053_n 12189683_482493305264989_4077625147659299617_n 11703157_711993918928148_8488104492317735144_n 11825016_112841039067469_3150116857943512545_n 12193738_415088202018269_5815810886330147099_n 12240153_138366433188369_3355923994375731154_n 12341364_1127522527288051_6630946534149813447_n 10429848_182742495398164_6866162799941898985_n 11401517_1436242430029745_9129124155106524763_n 12096001_173313053010202_2065489762771995246_n 12122441_865893853518848_6349587701867919817_n 12274311_1539225256369062_7687435127972335939_n 12299228_1521771754800226_6857786182596383613_n 11229899_845002102287930_2728416844269785974_n 12193817_1635681576686480_3859729334927910357_n 12250153_139011329794897_8763532541082156994_n 12289520_958277284229975_463457234032760999_n 12313804_509848092529498_6628180933882985123_n 12316496_1527952807528305_7579144423080808329_n 12341131_1676397185963957_2545181128402389501_n 12373250_1644192069168764_3559861601781768606_n 12360191_457654557759223_2395835155578032352_n 12376718_457654617759217_1208308651222489425_n 12366311_1547691025521711_7659642076149656463_n

    Miles

    Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

    Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at [email protected]


    Advertisement