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SCARY U.S. Fears Gaddafi Terror Attacks Ben Curtis / AP Photo, Ben Curtis

U.S. Fears Gaddafi Terror Attacks

President Obama’s top counterterrorism official warned Friday that Col. Muammar Gaddafi may lash out with a new series of Libyan-backed terrorist attacks. When asked if the Libyan leader would open a new terrorism front, John O. Brennan responded, “Gaddafi has the penchant to do things of a very concerning nature. We have to anticipate and be prepared for things he might try to do to flout the will of the international community.” Of particular concern, according to Brennan, is Libya’s stockpile of mustard gas. He also revealed that U.S. spy services have been working with their Arab counterparts in recent weeks to disrupt a series of terrorist plots in those countries, and that many previously jailed terrorism suspects or sympathizers had been “rounded up and brought back.” Responding on Friday to U.N. intervention, Gaddafi called international rebukes “blatant colonialism” and warned of “serious consequences.”

March 18, 2011 4:59 PM