US Intelligence: Syria Moving Chemical Weapons For Possible Use Against Rebels…

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    US Intelligence: Syria Moving Chemical Weapons For Possible Use Against Rebels…​





    Assad seems crazy enough to use them.

    Via JPost:


    Western intelligence officials have noticed new worrying signs of activity at chemical weapons sites in Syria, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

    The Syrian regime is “doing some things that suggest they intend to use the weapons,” one American intelligence official told the Times, adding, “It’s not just moving stuff around. These are different kind of activities.”

    The officials were unsure of Syria’s intentions regarding the work at the chemical sites, but said it is possible Damascus is preparing to use chemical weapons as a last-ditched effort to defeat rebels, according to the report.

    But the Syrians have yet to take the most crucial steps toward using their chemical weapons, or preparing them for firing in any way, the Times reported.

    Earlier this year, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel would weigh military action if it suspects Syria’s chemical weapons could fall into the hands of a terrorist organization.

    Keep reading…
    'West worried by Syrian chemical site acti... JPost - Middle East
     
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    Assad gearin' up to use chemical weapons...
    :mad:
    Syria mixing chemical warfare agents, U.S. official
    December 3rd, 2012 - Syrian forces began combining chemicals that would be used to make deadly sarin gas for use in weapons to attack rebel and civilian populations, a U.S. official tells CNN.
    See also:

    Official: 'Worrying signs' regarding Syria's chemical weapons
    December 2nd, 2012 - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned on Monday the United States was prepared to act if Syria used chemical arms as new concerns surfaced about those weapons, although Syria said it had no intention of using them on its own people.
     
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    Now where do you think he got them?
     
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    Syria | Country Profiles | NTI

    Since the early 1980s, Syria has made efforts to acquire and maintain an arsenal of chemical weapons. Regional security concerns, and most notably Syria's adversarial relationship with Israel, represent the most likely present-day motivation behind Syria's chemical weapons program. Specifically, a series of disastrous military defeats to Israel in 1967, 1973, and 1982, followed by the weakening of Arab unity against Israel following the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty and Israel's presumed acquisition of nuclear weapons, provided impetus for Syria to pursue a strategic deterrent against the conventional and nuclear Israeli threats.

    Numerous press and U.S. government sources indicate that Syria first obtained chemical weapons from Egypt on the eve of the attack on Israel in October 1973. [8] Reports that Israeli troops captured stockpiles of Syrian chemical weapons support the view that Syrian combat troops received these weapons during the Yom Kippur war. [9] Notably, although Syrian forces suffered severe defeat, at no point did they deploy chemical weapons. Although the lack of access to Syrian personnel or records renders all explanations for this restraint speculative, Syrian-born security analyst M. Zuhair Diab and Israeli military analysts both suggest that Syria may have planned to use its chemical arsenal only in the event of a total military collapse, which never occurred.
     
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    Ohh well the less people in the ME the more peace.
     
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    This is not our fight...
     
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    Hmm.., WMD? Could some of that stockpile of WMD be a gift from Saddam Hussein in 2003?
     
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    Rachel Maddow reported last night that the Syrian spokesman who swore up and down that Syria would never use chemical weapons in this conflict....defected yesterday.
     
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    Keep trying!
     
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    so you're going to argue that it's just a coincidence that they have WMDs to use when we were pointing out back in 2003 that Saddam had the time and opportunity to move the weapons to Syria?

    Maybe you are right, but I wouldn't pretend that it couldn't have happened if I were you.

    I think the more pressing question is what is Obama going to do if Assad does use them? Because we dont need another.
     

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