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Thursday
Sep152011

Gadhafi's Looted Arsenal Concerns US

MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- With the end of Libyan Col. Moammar Gadhafi's four-decade reign comes the beginning of a new problem.

U.S. officials are concerned that after Gadhafi and his remaining forces fled Tripoli, it opened access to their large arsenal of both conventional and unconventional weapons.  That means ordinary Libyans, Gadhafi loyalists and radical Islamists may have grabbed weaponry as diverse as rocket-fired surface-to-air missiles to mustard gas and chemical agents.

Many of the depots Gadhafi owned were sparsely guarded and have since been looted.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Jeffrey Feltman, who is in Tripoli, said he expressed these concerns to Libya's Transitional National Council.

Feltman said the weapons not only threaten Libyans but the entire northern Africa region since it's likely some have already been transported over the border.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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