Fall of Qaddafi starts race to recover weapons

The fall of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi has kicked off a race to recover key types of weapons taken from his stockpiles, though there is no evidence of looting of Libya's chemical weapons.
As U.S. operatives attempt to buy weapons such as shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles before terrorists do, Libya's chemical weapons have been under 24 hour surveillance, Bloomberg reports. Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council, said on Wednesday that no chemical or biological weapons have been found since rebel forces entered the capital in Tripoli this week
Libya agreed in 2003 to destroy its chemical weapons, which at the time included some 3,300 bombs and artillery shells and an estimated 25 tons of mustard gas. In addition, the most sensitive elements of the country's nuclear program were removed in 2004.
“All sensitive elements of Libya’s nuclear program, including everything that Libya received from the A.Q. Khan network, were removed in early 2004,” Victoria Nuland, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, told Washington reporters, according to Bloomberg. “The last of the highly enriched uranium, the bomb-making fuel, was removed from Libya in 2009.”
Libya's supply of yellow cake, a uranium concentrate powder used to make bombs, has been safeguarded at the Tajoura nuclear research facility.
The U.S. considers the potential proliferation of Libyan small arms, old artillery shells and portable weapons a threat and has taken urgent steps to combat the problem.
“We’re very concerned about those weapons turning up in neighboring countries,” Frederic Wehrey, a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif., who has been studying the Libyan uprising, said in a telephone interview, Bloomberg reports. “They’re the ideal terrorist weapon - portable, easy to use and capable of inflicting large numbers of casualties.”