8:50PM GMT 20 Jan 2013
Many of the Islamist terrorists shot their way into the In Amenas compound on Thursday using the AK104 model of Kalashnikov, which was typically used by Libyan rebels in the war against Muammar Gaddafi.
They brought F5 rockets that also surfaced in the Libyan war, said the security source.
The Islamists wore the same type of outfits that Qatar provided to Libyan National Transitional Council rebels by Qatar – yellow flak jackets with brown patches, known as "chocolate chip" camouflage. The garments are copies of ones worn by Americans in the Gulf war.
The terrorists also employed 60mm gun-mortars used by France and Libyan rebels.
Other non-Libyan arms used in the Algerian terror attack included German and Chinese-made Kalashnikovs, classic rocket-propelled grenades and Russian offensive and defensive grenades.
The Algerian army had two missile-carrying Mi24 Super-Hind helicopters, armoured cars, and Russian-made T90 tanks.
For the assault on the gas facility itself, special forces used incapacitating gas, infrared cameras, heat-seeking cameras and "optical devices to be able to see under doors and through walls"
During the 1980s and 1990s, Fidel Castro was sending his troops (all males) to Africa and other parts of the world to "support" the guerrilla movements.... but, mainly, because he would not have to worry about them creating in-country mischief and a possible counter-guerrilla against him. If not military, he would also send males as doctors, teachers, and save the government budget by not having to "feed" them.... all under the guise of proselytizing the "revolution".
Gun running has been going on for quite a while.
Remember Fast & Furious and a dead American from it.
Alas, a gov't that does not seem to care or do anything about it.