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Danish Team: Libya's Chemical Weapons Completely Removed From Continent

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Crates containing tank shells litter the desert close to ammunition storage bunkers located in the desert some 100kms south of Sirte on October 26, 2011. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 09:56 AM

A Danish-led team rid Libya of 500 tons of chemical weapons materials, carrying them on a ship across the Mediterranean to prevent them from being confiscated by Islamic State terrorists.

The stockpile of ingredients for mustard gas was the last of the reserves amassed by Col. Muammar Gaddafi, The Telegraph reported. They were destined for destruction in Germany.

Gaddafi’s chemical weapons were destroyed in 2014, however some chemical ingredients remained and were stored in an area about 120 miles south of the ISIS stronghold of Sirte, the Telegraph said.

The Danish-led international operation picked up the chemicals Saturday at the Libyan port of Misrata, The Associated Press reported. Britain and Finland assisted in the operation, with navy ships escorting the ship carrying the chemical components.

Libyan officials asked for international assistance in removing the chemicals earlier this year from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

"This OPCW-coordinated international effort has achieved a major milestone in guaranteeing that these chemicals will not fall into the wrong hands," OPCW director-general Ahmet Uzumcu said, according to the AP.

OPCW, which won the Nobel peace prize in 2013 for its work in eliminating chemical weapons, was called on for help after the Libyan unity government grew concerned that insurgents would take the ingredients before they could be destroyed, The Guardian reported.

Other countries that assisted in the operation were Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Malta, Spain, and the United States.

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