Satellites monitoring Libyan chemical weapons

Western reconnaissance satellites have been monitoring a garage at a remote site in the desert of Libya because of reports that the Libyan government keeps close to 10 tons of mustard gas there.

Approximately six large canisters are believed to be in the garage south of the city of Sirte. Western officials are worried that Libyan leader Mommar Gadhafi might use the chemical weapon to kill many of his people, the Washington Post reports.

This comes on the heels of  air and missile strikes that occurred in the city of Sirte on Saturday. The strikes from the air and the sea are part of a U.N. Security Council resolution to impose a ceasefire between rebels and loyalists after a month-long standoff.

There are concerns by European leaders and former Libyan officials that Gadhafi may consider draining the tanks and using the mustard gas to terrorize the city of Benghazi, according to the Washington Post.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Washington Post that the U.S. is keeping a close watch on Gadhafi’s mustard gas stores.

"He does have stores of that," Mullen said on CBS's "Face The Nation, according to The Hill. "A significant quantity. There's no indication that he is moving towards using that but certainly that is something we are watching very carefully. It is something that he could do a lot of damage with. I honestly haven't seen him move in that direction, and it's something that we think have a very good handle on right now."