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Is Gadhafi Preparing to Use Mustard Gas on Rebels?

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9 tons of poisonous mustard gas.

Moammar Gadhafi's forces in the Libyan city of Misrata have reportedly been issued gas masks, a sign that Gadhafi may be preparing to use chemical weapons against rebels.

The Washington Times reports:

Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s troops in and around the rebel-held western Libyan city of Misrata have been issued gas masks, a sign that the regime may be preparing to use chemical weapons, rebels told The Washington Times on Wednesday.

The regime is thought to have about 9 tons of poisonous mustard gas at a secret desert location near Col. Gadhafi’s hometown, Sirte, multiple sources in Libya said.

Meanwhile, in New York, a special prosecutor for the International Criminal Court appeared before the U.N. Security Council to describe what he called “evidence” of “widespread and systematic” attacks on civilians by Col. Gadhafi’s forces.

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