September 23rd, 2011
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Rebels recover Gaddafi’s chemical weapons

Chemical-weaponsLibya: There are reasons to believe that Gaddafi never destroyed its stockpile of chemical weapons in early 2004. Libyan rebel forces claim to have unearthed the banned chemical weapons from the southern desert areas which were captured from Gaddafi loyalists in the last few days.

Spokesmen for the National Transitional Council (NTC) said that they have taken hold of “a depot had been found in the Jufra area, 435 miles (700km) south of Tripoli, during part of an offensive against regime strongholds in the remote south of the country.””There was a depot of chemical weapons and now it is under the control of our fighters.”

Libya was supposed to have destroyed its stockpile of chemical weapons and abandon its nuclear programme in early 2004 as part of a rapprochement with the West.The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says Libya kept 9.5 tonnes of mustard gas at a secret desert location

The rebels also say they have taken over most of Sebha, the largest town in the area whose tribes were long seen as loyal to Gaddafi and is an important staging post for travel to Niger, where some former regime figures have fled. Libyan officials have confirmed that a senior intelligence officer was captured there two days ago.

It had been thought that Gaddafi himself might have been hiding in Sebha along with his fugitive second son, Saif al-Islam, but NTC fighters found no trace of them.


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