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Documents detail Western arms firm's Libya deal

Less than a month before the start of the revolt, the British arm of U.S.-based General Dynamics was making arrangements to improve communications systems for tanks, artillery and armored troop carriers for the Khamis Brigade, which...was directly involved in putting down the uprising in cities such as Misrata and Tripoli, where thousands of people were killed. Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director with Human Rights Watch, said the brigades...were able to become so strong thanks in part to procurement from Western countries...A spokesman for General Dynamics, Rob Doolittle, said he could not comment specifically on the documents without seeing them, but said the equipment might have been included in the British subsidiary's May 2008 contract with Libya...[and] said the firm did not finish deploying the system...[also refers to FN Herstal]