posted on Aug, 30 2011 @ 04:19 AM
Thats right, there seems to be little control over libya's vast stockpiles of weapons.
The State Department wants to wait for fighting to abate before moving throughout Libya to locate and secure fugitive leader Moammar Gadhafi's
massive weapons stores, according to two U.S. officials.
Already, the prices of the shoulder-launched missiles called MANPADs have fallen on the regional black market, the officials say, suggesting some of
Gadhafi's stores are already being sold.
While many of the aging rockets may not work, the Soviet-era missiles can take down a helicopter or civilian jetliner.
Lets have a look at what was believed to be hiding in Gadhafi's weapon stores prior to the invasion.
1. 30 000 Manpad Missiles (Unknown number of launchers)
Shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles. They are typically guided weapons and are a threat to low-flying aircraft, especially helicopters.
2. 1300 Tons Mustard Gas
If inhaled, mustard agent causes bleeding and blistering within the respiratory system, damaging mucous membranes and causing pulmonary edema. Also
causes severe burning of skin and flesh.
3. 900 Tons Raw Yellowcake Uranium
Yellowcake is used in the preparation of uranium fuel for nuclear reactors, for which it is smelted into purified UO2 for use in fuel rods for
pressurized heavy-water reactors and other systems that use natural unenriched uranium.
There seems to be little dispute as to where these weapons are located and the quantities at each site. However Nato and its allies do not seem to be
concerned at all that these weapons could end up in the wrong hands.