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UNITED NATIONS,--The UN Security Council has authorized the end of Libya's chemical weapons stockpile, as fears mount over their possible use by militants.
The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Friday authorized member states to assist Libya in eliminating the country's stockpile of chemicals that could be used to develop toxic weapons.
The US military has reported that the "Islamic State" grew its base of fighters in the span of a year. But the group lacks the know-how to expand the way it did in Iraq and Syria.
The 15-member body determined "that the potential for acquisition by non-state actors of chemical weapons in Libya represents a threat to international peace and security," the British-drafted resolution said.
Libya's UN-backed national unity government last week asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to help it remove the chemicals after it transported them to a temporary storage site in northern Libya.
The UNSC resolution allows member states to "acquire, control, transport, transfer and destroy" chemical weapons to "ensure the elimination of Libya's chemical weapons stockpile."
Libya is in possession of roughly 700 tons of precursor chemicals, according to diplomats.
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