For decades, Muammar al-Qaddafi was perhaps the world's most notorious arms smuggler, providing weapons to all sorts of revolutionaries, rebels, and terrorists across the Middle East and Europe. He founded training camps for terrorists and even a school of higher learning for would-be tyrants. His regime bought arms from the Soviet Union and Eastern bloc countries, but from Libya they went nearly everywhere: He armed the Polisario in the Western Sahara, the Irish Republican Army, numerous Palestinian terrorists, Italy's Red Brigades, Spain's Basque separatists, Nicaragua's Sandinistas, and the list goes on and on.
In this remarkable series of photographs, a group of seven men pose on what appears to be a small cargo ship. The hold appears to contain sacks of grain, but later it's revealed that these are merely a cover for what appears to be a weapons shipment. Foreign Policy invites readers to help us identify these individuals and shed light on any clues about the cargo, markings, or location that might help to ascertain just exactly whom Qaddafi was supplying with arms.
© 2011 Michael Christopher Brown