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PICTURES: The Homemade Weapons of Libya's Rebel Forces

AJDABIYAH, LIBYA - APRIL 14:  A rebel fighter celebrates as his comrades fire a rocket barrage toward the positions of troops loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi April 14, 2011 west of Ajdabiyah, Libya.  Rebels exchanged artillery and rocket fire with loyalist troops west of Ajdabiyah April 14 as the confict engulfing Libya continued.  (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)(Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

June 15, 2011



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For the past four months in Libya, rebel forces made up of civilians and army defectors have been waging battles against Muammar Qaddafi's armed forces, holding their own and sometimes advancing with the assistance of NATO airstrikes. Scrambling to arm themselves against mercenaries and a professional army, rebels have been making use of everything they can -- from using captured weapons and munitions to rigging anti-aircraft guns and aircraft rocket launchers to the backs of civilian pickup trucks. Collected here are recent images of some of this weaponry used by the Libyan rebels.
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At a weapon workshop in Misurata, a Libyan volunteer fixes a UB-32 rocket launcher pod, attached to the back of a pickup truck on May 28. The UB-32, a launcher designed to fire Russian S-5 rockets, is normally mounted on an aircraft. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) View original.


2   A rebel army officer works on a weapon captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) # View original.

3   A Libyan rebel fighter, in a vehicle rigged with armor plating, flashes a victory sign at a territory taken from forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi, after rebels pushed several kilometers in the direction of Zliten, west of the rebel-held port city of Misurata, on June 13. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) # View original.

4   Molotov cocktails rest in a rack as Libyan rebels prepare for battle in Ajdabiya on March 2. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images) # View original.

5   Anti-aircraft guns and other military hardware, found stocked in a warehouse now controlled by rebel forces outside Benghazi, on March 1. (Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images) # View original.

6   A rebel takes stock of weapons and ammunition in a munitions storage hangar at a government military base which they captured in Ajdabiya, on March 1. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) # View original.

7   A rocket rests in a case among other military hardware stocked in a warehouse controlled by rebel forces outside Benghazi, on March 1. (Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images) # View original.

8   A Libyan rebel plugs his ears as rebels fire a rocket at troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi on the road between Ajdabiya and Brega on March 31. (AP Photo) # View original.

9   Workmen clean a rusted Grad rocket launcher to make it operational, at a Libyan rebel weapons workshop and training camp in Benghazi on April 19. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) # View original.

10   A Libyan man tries to remove a cannon from a part of a tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, with plans to reuse it, in the western Libyan city of Misurata, on June 7. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) # View original.

11   A Libyan rebel fighter smokes a cigarette next to an improvised multiple rocket launcher in the back of a pickup truck, as the rebels prepare to make an advance, in the desert on the outskirts of Ajdabiya, on April 14. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) # View original.

12   Rebel volunteer Ramzy Elshahiebi extracts elements from a mine while working to assemble homemade bombs in Benghazi on May 4. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) # View original.

13   Rebel fighters launch rockets against Qaddafi forces at the frontline along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah on April 21. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) # View original.

14   Rebel soldiers repair weapons captured from forces loyal to Muammar el-Qaddafi at a workshop in Benghazi on June 13. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) # View original.

15   Libyans remove rust from ammunition in the western Libyan city of Misurata on June 7. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) # View original.

16   A rebel poses with an armful of rocket-propelled grenades taken from an armored personnel carrier captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi on the outskirts of the town of Zliten, west of the rebel-held port city of Misurata, on June 10. (Reuters/Abdelkader Belhessin) # View original.

17   A rebel fighter cuts metal from a destroyed tank from Qaddafi's forces, next to a checkpoint in Ajdabiya, on June 1. The metal plates are used to armor light rebel vehicles for combat. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) # View original.

18   Libyan rebel fighters fire at a Libyan air force fighter jet flying overhead at the entrance to the oil-rich town of Ras Lanuf on March 8. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) # View original.

19   Rebel army officers repair weapons taken from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) # View original.

20   A Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used rocket-propelled grenade, which will be refitted with high explosives and reused, at a weapons workshop in Misurata on May 29. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) # View original.

21   A Libyan rebel holds a rocket-propelled grenade after refitting it with high explosives, for reuse, at a weapons workshop in Misurata on May 29. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) # View original.

22   A rebel soldier repairs weapons captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 13. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) # View original.

23   Workmen examine a Russian-made UB-32 multiple rocket launcher, a type of launcher rebels have been using mounted on pickup trucks, at a Libyan rebel weapons workshop and training camp in Benghazi on April 19. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) # View original.

24   A rebel fighter in front of an armored technical gives orders to comrades at the front line between the rebels and pro-Qaddafi forces, 25 km west of Misurata, on May 26. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) # View original.

25   A Libyan rebel fighter shows a weapon with a grenade launcher attachment, which he said was taken from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at Misurata's western front line, some 25 km (16 miles) from the city center, on June 7. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) # View original.

26   Rebel army officers fix weapons taken from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) # View original.

27   A rebel supporter in Dafniya repairs a damaged recoilless rifle as heavy clashes between pro-Qaddafi forces continued on the front line, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Misurata, on June 13. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) # View original.

28   Rebel fighters load a UB-32 rocket pod mounted on a pickup truck, in the front line along the western entrance of Ajdabiya, on April 19. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) # View original.

29   Libyan rebels drive a truck mounted with a rocket launcher salvaged from a Russian attack helicopter near front-line positions, on April 6 near Brega. Wiring from the launcher leads to a battery and a firing mechanism. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images) # View original.

30   A convoy of Libyan rebels deploy around the western gate of Ajdabiya on April 19. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) # View original.

31   Libyan volunteers fix jammed weapons captured from Muammar el-Qaddafi forces at a workshop in Misurata on May 28. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) # View original.

32   Rebel fighters take part in training in Giminis, on May 26. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) # View original.

33   A rebel fighter stands next to a pickup truck converted into an armored combat vehicle at the front line with Muammar el-Qaddafi forces, 30 km south of Misurata, on May 27. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) # View original.

34   A rebel fighter rests on a weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck on the front line between them and Muammar el-Qaddafi forces, 30 km south of Misurata, on May 27. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) # View original.

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