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Not tracking Gaddafi,WMDs a concern: NATO

Even as rebel forces in Libya continue their search for Muammar Gaddafi,the NATO military alliance has said that it is not trying to track or target the deposed leader.

Even as rebel forces in Libya continue their search for Muammar Gaddafi,the NATO military alliance has said that it is not trying to track or target the deposed leader but is working to eliminate his authority to command the military. The alliance,whose military support has been vital to the rebel takeover of Tripoli,is however concerned about the threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) that have been stockpiled by Libyan forces.

“We are not in the business of tracking Gaddafi but we are tracking his forces. For us (the concern) it has always been his forces and the power he had through them to control his troops,” a NATO official said on condition of anonymity. While NATO fighters are continuing bombing runs in Libya,officials insist the alliance has not assigned any resources to track the leader.

While NATO’s operations in Libya are now winding down,concerns remain about chemical weapons that were held in large quantity by Gaddafi’s military. “The regime built a reserve of chemical weapons,these weapons remain a threat to the world and the Libyan people,” an official said.