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Tuesday, October 11, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Libya rebels confirm missile proliferation, report WMD facilities at risk

LONDON — Libyan rebel spokesman Hamza Al Shaibani said the chemical weapons facility in Jufra is believed to be leaking toxic material.


"There is a leak in one of the chemical weapons tanks," Al Shaibani told the Saudi-owned daily A-Sharq Al Awsat. "We need to intervene to repair it and must remove all chemical weapons from there."

Libyan rebel sources have confirmed the missile proliferation, adding that Gadhafi's weapons of mass destruction facilities were also endangered.

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Britain and other NATO states have sought to stem the smuggling of thousands of missiles and other weapons from the arsenal of Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Officials said NATO was concerned that the weapons were being acquired by Al Qaida's network in North Africa.

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said his government would relay nearly $1 million to prevent the spread of missiles and other weapons from Libya, Middle East Newsline reported. Fox traveled to Libya on Oct. 9 and met National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil and Defense Minister Jalal Al Digheily.

"I am delighted to be making my first visit to Libya, and to have the opportunity to discuss with chairman Jalil how the United Kingdom can continue to provide assistance in the long term, particularly in terms of support with counter-proliferation expertise and transition to a stable future," Fox said.

During his talks, Fox discussed ways to organize Libya's post-Gadhafi military and institute non-proliferation measures. The defense chief said Britain was sending advisers to develop the North African military as it was closing in on the last strongholds of Gadhafi.

"I am incredibly proud of all the personnel of the British armed forces who were involved and I would like to reiterate my thanks to them for achieving what they have," Fox said.

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