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DIY Weapons of the Libyan Rebels

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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 air strikes. 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. [34 photos]

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At a weapon workshop in Misrata, a Libyan volunteer fixes a UB-32 rocket launcher pod, attached to the back of a pickup truck on May 28, 2011. The UB-32, a launcher designed to fire Russian S-5 rockets, is normally mounted on an aircraft. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
At a weapon workshop in Misrata, a Libyan volunteer fixes a UB-32 rocket launcher pod, attached to the back of a pickup truck on May 28, 2011. The UB-32, a launcher designed to fire Russian S-5 rockets, is normally mounted on an aircraft. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)
A rebel army officer works on a weapon captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1, 2011. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
A Libyan rebel fighter, in a vehicle rigged with armor plating, flashes a victory sign at a territory taken from forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi, after rebels pushed several kilometers in the direction of Zlitan, west of the rebel-held port city of Misrata, on June 13, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Molotov cocktails rest in a rack as Libyan rebels prepare for battle in Ajdabiya on March 2, 2011. (MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images) #
Anti-aircraft guns and other military hardware, found stocked in a warehouse now controlled by rebel forces outside Benghazi, on March 01, 2011. (Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images) #
A rebel takes stock of weapons and ammunition in a munitions storage hanger at a government military base which they captured in Ajdabiyah, on March 1, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
A rocket rests in a case among other military hardware stocked in a warehouse controlled by rebel forces outside Benghazi, on March 01, 2011. (Alessio Romenzi/AFP/Getty Images) #
A Libyan rebel plugs his ears as rebels fire a rocket at troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on the road between Ajdabiya and Brega, Libya, on Thursday, March 31, 2011. (AP Photo) #
Workmen clean a rusted Grad rocket launcher to make it operational, at a Libyan rebel weapons workshop and training camp in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) #
A Libyan man tries to remove a cannon from a part of a tank, belonging to forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, with plans to reuse it, in the western Libyan city of Misrata, on June 7, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
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, Libya, on Thursday, April 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) #
Rebel volunteer Ramzy Elshahiebi extracts elements from a mine while working to assemble home made bombs in Benghazi, Libya, on May 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Rebel fighters launch rockets against Qaddafi forces at the frontline along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah April 21, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
Rebel soldiers repair weapons captured from forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 13, 2011 (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) #
Libyans remove rust from ammunition in the western Libyan city of Misrata, on June 7, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
A rebel poses with an armful of rocket-propelled grenades taken from an armored personnel carrier (APC) captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on the outskirts of the town of Zlitan, west of the rebel-held port city of Misrata, on June 10, 2011. (Reuters/Abdelkader Belhessin) #
A rebel fighter cuts metal from a destroyed tank from Qaddafi's forces, next to a checkpoint in Ajdabiya, Libya, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The metal plates are used to armor light rebel vehicles for combat. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
Libyan rebel fighters opposing Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi fire their weapons at a Libyan airforce fighter jet flying overhead at the entrance to the oil-rich town of Ras Lanuf on March 8, 2011. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images) #
Rebel army officers repair weapons taken from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1, 2011. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
A Libyan rebel adds an aluminum ring to a used rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), which will be refitted with high explosives and reused, at a weapons workshop in Misrata, on May 29,2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
A Libyan rebel holds a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) after refitting it with high explosives, for reuse, at a weapons workshop in Misrata, on May 29, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
A rebel soldier repairs weapons captured from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 13, 2011. (Reuters/Esam Al-Fetori) #
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, Libya, on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) #
A rebel fighter in front of an armored technical gives orders to comrades at the front line between the rebels and Muammar Qaddafi forces, 25 km west of Misrata, Libya, on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A Libyan rebel fighter shows a weapon with a grenade launcher attachment which he said was taken from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi at Misrata's western front line, some 25 km (16 miles) from the city center, on June 7, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Rebel army officers fix weapons taken from forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at a workshop in Benghazi, on June 1, 2011. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
A rebel supporter in Dafniya repairs a damaged recoilless rifle, as heavy clashes between pro-Qaddafi forces continued on the front line at Dafniya, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of Misrata, Libya, on Monday, June 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) #
Rebel fighters man load a UB-32 rocket pod mounted on a pickup truck, in the front line along the western entrance of Ajdabiyah, on April 19, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
Libyan rebels drive a truck mounted with a rocket launcher salvaged from a Russian attack helicopter near front-line positions, on April 6, 2011 near Brega, Libya. Wiring from the launcher leads to a battery and a firing mechanism. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images) #
A convoy of Libyan rebels deploy around the western gate of Ajdabiya, Libya, Tuesday, April 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser) #
Libyan volunteers fix jammed weapons captured from Muammar Qaddafi forces at a workshop in Misrata, on May 28, 2011. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra) #
Rebel fighters take part in training in Giminis, on May 26, 2011. (Reuters/Mohammed Salem) #
A rebel fighter stands next to pickup truck converted into an armored combat vehicle at the front line with Muammar Qaddafi forces, 30 km south from Misrata, Libya, on Friday, May 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #
A rebel fighter rests on a weapon mounted on the back of a pickup truck on the front line between them and Muammar Qaddafi forces, 30 km south of Misrata, Libya, on Friday, May 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

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