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Libya's Disclosures Put Weapons in New Light

Programs for Unconventional Arms Were Ambitious, but Plagued With Problems. The small desert ranch near Tripoli was described as a turkey farm, but there were no birds in sight when a group of U.S. weapons experts visited six weeks ago. Guided by Libyan officials, the Americans entered a plain metal barn to discover the farm’s true purpose: to hide hundreds of chemical bombs. Inside the barn were stacks upon stacks of wooden boxes, each containing a single torpedo-shaped shell. The olive-green weapons were specially designed to spread deadly mustard gas and nerve agents that were stored separately, said two senior U.S. officials familiar with the surprise disclosure. “The Libyans took us right to them,” said one of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It was not a place where we would have looked.” Full Story

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