Expert says that U.S. focusing on securing Libyan WMDs

The Obama administration’s chief counterterrorism advisor recently said that keeping Libyan weapons of mass destruction away from terrorist organizations has become a focus of U.S. anti-terror efforts.

The statement from John Brennan, an assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, came amid reports that former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi may be planning to deploy chemical or biological weapons from his last remaining strongholds, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

“We have indications that individuals of various stripes are looking to Libya and seeing it as an arms bazaar,” Brennan said, the Christian Science Monitor reports. “We are concerned about the potential for certain weapons to get into the hands of terrorists.”

Qaddafi is known to have retained a large supply of mustard gas, though it remains unclear whether or not he possesses the means to use it. Recently seized documents indicate that Qaddafi’s regime received a large number of gas masks and hazmat suits before it lost control of much of the country.

Brennan also remarked on the state of al-Qaeda, saying the terrorist organization has been significantly degraded, but not eliminated.

“It is much more difficult now for al-Qaeda to carry out an attack here,” Brennan said, according to the Christian Science Monitor.