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February 25th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

Libyan chaos raises worries over chemical weapons stockpile

Pam Benson
CNN National Security Producer

Washington (CNN) - The chaos in Libya has raised fears about the security of deadly mustard gas stockpiled in the country and whether Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi might use it on his own people.

A U.S. official said that in a "chaotic situation" there is concern about Libya possessing mustard gas and other chemical agents.

Although there has been no signs that the Libyan leader has ordered their use, Gadhafi is often described by officials as an unpredictable, mercurial individual.

Libya still has approximately 10 tons of the deadly blister agent left in its arsenal, according to Peter Crail, a non-proliferation expert at the Arms Control Association.

Most of the materials are located at the Rabta chemical weapons facility located in a town south of the capital city of Tripoli.

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  1. Darlene Grossman, Philadelphia

    If any country uses a chemical weapon, isnt there a chance it will be spread into the atmosphere and then into other countries? Just a thought

    February 25, 2011 at 7:52 pm |