Chemical weapons antidotes found on Libyan soldiers

Rebel soldiers fighting against the regime of Muammar Qaddafi in Nalut, Libya, have discovered kits filled with antidotes to chemical weapons abandoned by government soldiers.

The rebels fear that Qaddafi might be willing to use weapons of mass destruction on his own people in order to retain power, according to the L.A. Times.

Military weapons experts warn that Qaddafi may be holding on to a supply of mustard gas, but that he does not have the capability to deliver it effectively. The labels on the antidote kits say they are to aid persons injured by nerve and paralyzing war poisons.

Recent victories by rebel soldiers in the Nafusa Mountains have yielded clues about the state of the army supporting the Libyan leader, according to the L.A. Times. In recently captured houses, the rebels found abandoned assault rifles that were new and well-maintained.

In the town of Rayana, bottles of liquor were found, which are considered a sign of moral depravity to the strictly observant Muslim rebel forces.

Libyan government soldiers taken prisoner are often more willing to speak once they realize their captors are Libyans and not the foreigners they say they thought they were fighting. According to a rebel commander, most prisoners claim they want to join the opposition, but fear being killed by mercenaries, the L.A. Times reports.

Government forces have reportedly been told that they are fighting invaders from Algeria or Islamic radicals and are surprised to find that the rebels are Libyans.