The fall of Tripoli to rebel forces may have sent dictator Col. Moammar Gadhafi scurrying under ground, but it may not be with a whimper, reports The Telegraph. Gadhafi’s arsenal of weapons – which British Foreign Secretary William Hague notes includes “tons of mustard gas” – may be turned on rebel and NATO forces or make it onto the black market, where experts predict al-Qaida would be a prime buyer.
‘Unite against NATO’
Via the Libyan loyalist TV channel al-Orouba, Moammar Gadhafi’s only daughter Aisha, aka the “Claudia Schiffer of North Africa,” encouraged supporters to take action, saying that “Libyans must unite against NATO.”
With chemical weapons in hiding, there is a very real fear among the international community that Gadhafi loyalists will lash out to save themselves. Pentagon officials have gone on record saying Gadhafi’s known chemical weapon sites are currently under tight military surveillance, but some sites may be unknown.
“You can’t anticipate everything the Gadhafi regime will do. They are a vicious regime,” Hague told the BBC. “These are still difficult and dangerous times in Libya. There are many weapons out there.”
‘Weapon of terror,’ ready for use
In addition to chemical weapons, NATO forces are prepared for Libya’s old regime to empty its arsenal of more than 240 Scud B missiles. At least one Scud has already been launched at the town of Misurata, but it reportedly did not impact the rebel-controlled city.
“The use of such Scud-type missiles presents a threat to civilians,” said a NATO spokesperson. “They are a weapon of terror; it is utterly irresponsible.”
Experts believe attaching chemical weapons like mustard gas to the remaining missiles would be a straight-forward matter.
Sleeper cells ready for revenge
Other sources fear that Libyan sleeper cells throughout Europe may already be prepared to enact revenge for what has happened to their homeland and Gadhafi. As the former dictator’s weapons cache is not yet secure, terrorist cells could still have access, according to defense resources.
Two million dinars to Gadhafi’s captor
To encourage remaining members of Gadhafi’s government to kill or capture Moammar Gadhafi, an unnamed Libyan businessman has pledged to give 2 million dinars ($1.3 million) to anyone who turns Gadhafi in to NATO forces. Former Gadhafi minister Mustafa Abdel Jalil has promised remaining members of Gadhafi’s entourage that the new regime will grant them amnesty if they kill or capture the dictator.
“To any of his inner circle who kill Gaddafi or capture him, society will give amnesty or pardon for any crime he has committed,” said Abdel Jalil at a Benghazi news conference.
Moammar Gadhafi still has chemical weapons
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