Qaddafi might result to terrorism as last ditch effort. Is the US ready for the possibility of Libya's terrorism?

WASHINGTON — U.S. intelligence agencies are watching for signs that a desperate Col. Muammar Qaddafi, under attack from a coalition air assault, could resort to acts of terrorism against Western targets.

Col. Qaddafi has extensive stockpiles of mustard gas and high explosives at his disposal that could be used in attacks against targets in Europe or against his own people. He also has a documented history of orchestrating strikes against civilians and other world leaders.

"U.S. officials are keeping an eye on that possibility," one U.S. official said.

So far, counterterrorism officials in the U.S. and Europe believe there is a low probability of Col. Qaddafi returning to terrorism in the near term because he is focused for now on maintaining his hold on power during Western air strikes.

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