“We have been one of the main beneficiaries of the revolutions in the Arab world,” Mokhtar Belmokhtar
[ABC] "... Several major Algerian news outlets, including the state-run Numidia News, reported that the militants crossed into Algeria from the Libyan border just 50 miles to the east, drove vehicles with Libyan license plates and dressed in Libyan military uniforms to attack the BP joint venture facility outside In Amenas, Algeria. They were reportedly armed with small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and several bombs.By the time the Algerian military forced a bloody end to the four-day terrorist operation Saturday, 29 terrorists and 37 civilian hostages were dead, including three Americans, according to Algerian and U.S. officials.
Ever since the fall of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi in February 2011, the U.S. and its allies have been scrambling to round up thousands of small arms and man-portable anti-aircraft missiles that were believed to have been looted from military stores during the revolution there. Days before Belmokhtar made his claim in 2011, the United Nations unanimously adopted a resolution calling on Libya and its neighbors to secure the weapons...."