NATO watched over three Libyan chemical weapon stockpiles, report says

NATO and Libyan secret agents kept close watch over hidden stockpiles of mustard gas stockpiled by ex-dictator Muammar Qaddafi during the war that toppled him to prevent his forces from using them.
Only one stockpile, located near Wadden in central Libya, was known to the United Nations. The new Libyan regime revealed on Tuesday that there were two formerly unknown sites with stocks prepared by Qaddafi. One of the sites contained weapons that could immediately be used for military purposes. Mustard gas can cause serious chemical burns in the eyes, on the skin and in the lungs, AFP reports.
Yussef Safi ad-Din, a Libyan expert who is in charge of dealing with the gas, said that both sites had been "securitized" and posed no health risk. A special team of local technicians and others from NATO had been set up, working secretly from Benghazi, to prevent the chemical weapons from being used.
“The first stage was to maintain surveillance of the chemical arms which Qaddafi controlled, and prevent him from using them," Safi ad-Din said, according to AFP. "The second step was to take control of all the chemical sites. Our forces conquered them one by one."
According to Mansur Daou, the interior security chief in the overthrown regime, the operation was a success. He is currently imprisoned in Misrata, 135 miles east of Tripoli.
“Qaddafi had quickly abandoned the idea of using chemical weapons, the Americans were watching over them from too near," Daou said, according to AFP. "We could not get near them (without being bombed from the air)."
The watch over the mustard gas at the three sites is tight, according to Safi ad-Din and local fighters. Three weeks ago, an air strike destroyed the car of two fighters who got too close to the bunkers at Waddan. Stun bombs were also been used against other fighters roaming the site some days earlier.
The U.N. Security Council adopted a resolution on Monday calling on Libya to end proliferation in the region of looted weapons that were amassed by the Qadaffi regime.