This file photo taken on November 11, 2012 shows a team of Libyan experts and military engineers monitor a dump tank, under the supervision of the United Nations, in Tripoli. AFP / MAHMUD TURKIA
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Libya has shipped the last of its chemical weapons stocks out of the country, officials said Tuesday, under a U.N.-backed plan to ensure the arsenal could not fall into the wrong hands. The move will ease fears that extremists like Daesh (ISIS) could gain access to the weapons in Libya, which has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi.The U.N. Security Council on July 22 endorsed plans to remove Libya's remaining chemical weapons from the country and prevent them from falling into the hands of extremists like Daesh.Libya joined the U.N. convention on eliminating chemical weapons in 2004 as part of Gadhafi's ultimately abortive efforts to shake off the country's pariah status and mend relations with the West.At the time Libya joined the convention, it declared 24.7 tons of sulfur mustard, 1,390 tons of precursor chemicals and more than 3,500 aerial bombs containing chemical weapons.
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