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Libya's Ground Attack: Chemical Weapons, Soviet Tanks and Rifles
Libya has 50,000 active ready troops, over 2,000 Soviet tanks and 9.5 metric tons of mustard gas available at its disposal, and more according to the latest reports from Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
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50,000 Ground Troops

In this Sept. 1, 2009 photo, Libyan military parade at a celebration attended by Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi in Green Square, Tripoli.

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Troops Parade

In this Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Libyan military perform at a lavish private dance spectacle thrown for African heads of state by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi at a military airfield outside Tripoli, Libya. The festivities celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1969 military coup that brought him to power, at a military airfield outside Tripoli, Libya.

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Female Libyan Military Forces

Female Libyan military forces parade at a celebration attended by Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi in Green Square, Tripoli, Libya, on Sept. 1, 2009.

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Rocket Launchers

March 2: A Libyan rebel prepares a rocket launcher during a battle against pro-Muammar Qaddafi fighters, in the town of Brega, east of Libya. Regime opponents battled forces loyal to the Libyan leader who tried Wednesday to retake a key oil installation in a counteroffensive  against the rebel-held eastern half of the country.

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Rocket Propelled Grenades or RPGs

March 2: Libyan rebels with RPG launchers take their position during a battle against pro-Muammar Qaddafi fighters, in the town of Brega, east of Libya. 

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Libyan Tanks

According to the IISS, it is estimated that there were 2,025 Tanks in Libya in 2009. The Soviet tank models include the 315 (T-72), 170 (T-62), and (1,540) T-54/T-55.

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T-72 Soviet Tank

March 1: A Libyan army soldier loyal to leader Muammar Qaddafi, poster in background, sits in a tank, in Qasr Banashir, southeast of the capital Tripoli, in Libya.

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T-72 Soviet Tank

March 1: Rebel forces in Zawiya were locked in a standoff with Gadhafi loyalists and residents inside the city said they were anticipating a possible attack.

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Libya Landmines

June, 13, 2008: A red flag signals danger in Libya on Saturday to mark out landmines that were later destroyed by the Libyan army at the start of an operation to clear the country of mines.

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Libya Landmines

Libyan Army mine recovery specialists stand behind rows of recovered unexploded land mines near the northeastern city of Tobruk on June 7, 2008. Libya has launched a national initiative to become a mine-free country.

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AK47 or Soviet Kalashnikov

The defense forces of Libya are reported to have 535,200 firearms according to Gunpolicy.org. Of the most popular is the Soviet made AK47 and are among the most commonly traded weapons.

March 1: Unidentified pro-Qaddafi security forces stand near a checkpoint on a street in Qasr Banashir, southeast of the capital Tripoli, in Libya.

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Ammunition For All

Feb. 22: A protester shows spent ammunition casing, which he says are from bullets fired by pro-government soldiers in the past few days, as people celebrate in the streets of Tobruk.

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Chemical Weapons - Mustard Gas

There are 9.5 metric tons of mustard gas stockpiled in Libya according to the OPCW.

Feb. 28: A man walks inside the burnt main prison of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's forces in Benghazi. British forces are expected to uncover caches of chemical weapons stored in the collapsing North African country.

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Chemical Weapons-Yellow Cake

1,000 metric tons of Uranium Yellowcake are available for use according to the OPCW.

File: Iranian technicians with 'yellow cake' uranium. The US feared the uranium ore from the Namibian mine would be sold to Iran.

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Libyan Celebration

In this Sept. 1, 2009 photo, Libyan military perform at a lavish private dance spectacle thrown for African heads of state by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

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Qaddafi Enjoys Troops Behind Glass

In this Sept. 1, 2009 file photo, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi gestures with a green cane as he takes his seat behind bulletproof glass for a military parade in Green Square, Tripoli, Libya.

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Libya's Ground Attack: Chemical Weapons, Soviet Tanks and Rifles

Libya has 50,000 active ready troops, over 2,000 Soviet tanks and 9.5 metric tons of mustard gas available at its disposal, and more according to the latest reports from Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

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