Gadhafi Giving Out Chemical Weapons Suits, Gas Masks
Sparks renewed fears he'll use mustard gas
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2011 7:08 AM CDT
This video image broadcast on Libyan state television Sunday Feb. 20, 2011 shows longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi appearing in Tripoli in the evening Saturday Feb. 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Libyan state television)

(Newser) – As Moammar Gadhafi appears to be entering his endgame, fears are increasing that the Libyan strongman might use chemical weapons against his own people. The Pentagon and other officials say Gadhafi’s remaining mustard gas, more than 11 tons, has been secured. But Libyan rebels are concerned because gas masks and protective suits have been shipped to Gadhafi’s remaining strongholds. As one London think-tank analyst tells the Washington Post, now that the possibility of a negotiated settlement with the West has been yanked, “there are no rules, no red lines”—and no telling what Gadhafi might do.

Gadhafi, who used chemical weapons against Chad in 1987, agreed to end his WMD program in 2003. Though he still has not eliminated all of the mustard gas, the remaining gas is “outdated and difficult to make operational,” says one senior US official. Records show that gas masks, protective suits, decontamination powder, napalm, and flamethrowers have been shipped to Sirte as well as another regime-controlled town in recent months, but at least one senior official notes that Gadhafi could simply be posturing. Meanwhile, the AP reports that Gadhafi broadcast an audio message today saying he is still in Libya and will never leave, denying reports that he fled to Niger.

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rinsama
Sep 11, 2011 7:42 AM CDT
NATO using chemical weapons against pro-Gaddafi Libyans, then putting the blame on Gaddafi? Typical. NATO turned into an organization far worse than Nazi Germany. At least Hitler didn't bomb cities while claiming "I'm protecting civilians!"
DontLikeYou
Sep 10, 2011 7:42 AM CDT
OH MY GOD, THE HORROR!!
The_Truth
Sep 9, 2011 6:11 AM CDT
Lies. Everything you clowns have been reading about Ghaddafi and Libya since day one has been fabricated. Ghaddafi didn't bomb his people nor did he hire mercs. Ghaddafi has yet to come near an endgame, his forces have been dominating the battlefield since day one. The TNC (Terrorist National Council), which consists of Al-Qaeda and confused Libyan rebels havn't accomplished anything yet and have yet to win any battle. What happens is NATO bombs the hell out of cities and then sends in Apache gunships to mow down civilians causing pro-Ghaddafi forces to disperse and then the rebel rats run in and start chanting and dancing, but are later retreating when pro-Ghaddafi forces return. The TNC and NATO are in dissarray, with the rebels resorting to the genocide of all black libyans claiming they are mercs hired by Ghaddafi. They dont tell you about the 1,000,000+ strong that are backing Ghaddafi at the moment. And what about the Tripoli sets built in Qatar, which are used by Al-Jazeera, CNN, & BBC to make it look like rebels are victorious? According to various estimates, from 70 to 80 percent of Libyan territory is under the control of the Libyan Armed Forces and the tribes that are loyal to Colonel Gaddafi... You want the truth then stop believing this crap these clowns are posting and read the truth http://www.mathaba.net/news/libya/