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ChiefsandO'sfan 12-03-2012 01:17 PM

Syria preparing chemical weapons
 
Source: Syria preparing chemical weapons

By Barbara Starr

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.

The United States obtained intelligence over the weekend indicating this development, according to the official who had direct knowledge of the latest information.

The intelligence, the official said, came from multiple sources but declined to provide any more details about how the United states learned of it.

Sarin gas, the source said, could most readily be used to fill artillery shells.

Syrian State TV cited a Foreign Ministry official on Monday as saying the country would never use chemical weapons on its own people.

CNN reported on Sunday that U.S. intelligence is concerned about the Syrian government's intent regarding its vast chemical weapons stockpiles after what one senior American official described as "worrying signs" of activity in "the last few days."

The revelation that the regime of Syria's Bashar al-Assad is mixing chemicals underscores the reason for the increased concern.

"There are concerns the regime may be considering use of chemical weapons" the senior U.S. official told CNN on Sunday.

The official who spoke to CNN on Monday declined to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

The blog Danger Room first reported the news on Monday, noting the activity is taking place in "central Syria."

Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the United States was prepared to act if Syria used chemical arms, saying that step would cross a red line previously drawn by President Barack Obama.

"I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. But suffice it to say, we are certainly planning to take action if that eventuality were to occur," Clinton told reporters.

"There is no doubt that there is a line between even the horrors that they have already inflicted on the Syrian people and moving to what would be an internationally condemned step of utilizing their chemical weapons."

Clinton met with the Czech foreign minister and discussed the concerns, she said after the meeting. Clinton said the Czech Republic has extensive expertise with chemical and biological weapons.

"They have already been consulting about what can be and should be done, both at this time and post the inevitable fall of the Assad regime," Clinton said.

Syria is known to store its chemical stockpile, in many instances, separately from the artillery shells, rockets or missiles that would deliver those chemical weapons in an attack.

As rebel fighters continue to make some gains, capturing military assets and territory, U.S. and Middle Eastern intelligence services have been watching for some months for any signs the Syrians would be loading up those weapons with chemical agents.

In recent months, the Obama administration has acknowledged at least two instances of Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles being moved but has said it believes those were efforts to put the material in more secure locations as fighting increased.

"We don't know if there is actual intent," the U.S. official said about the latest observed activ


http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2012/1...pons/?on.cnn=1

Amnorix 12-03-2012 01:39 PM

Not much there, there, at the moment.

Thus far we've avoided involvement, a stance I agree with, but if they start using WMDs on their own populace, then I would likely support a decapitation strike against their senior political and military leadership.

BigMeatballDave 12-03-2012 01:45 PM

Wonderful people in that region.

durtyrute 12-03-2012 02:12 PM

We have them already, so what does that mean?

Radar Chief 12-03-2012 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by durtyrute (Post 9176905)
We have them already, so what does that mean?

:spock: I don’t know, WTF is that supposed to mean?

durtyrute 12-03-2012 03:01 PM

Why is it a big deal if Syria has them, so do we.

Radar Chief 12-03-2012 03:03 PM

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Originally Posted by durtyrute (Post 9177048)
Why is it a big deal if Syria has them, so do we.

No one is making a big deal about Syria having them. The big deal is they’re apparently preparing them to use on their civilians.

Dave Lane 12-03-2012 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Radar Chief (Post 9177053)
No one is making a big deal about Syria having them. The big deal is they’re apparently preparing them to use on their civilians.

Yeah thats the point 20 patriot missiles hit the Syrian palace bathroom when Assad drops number 2.

Radar Chief 12-03-2012 03:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Lane (Post 9177072)
Yeah thats the point 20 patriot missiles hit the Syrian palace bathroom when Assad drops number 2.

Patriot? Wrong weapon for the chore but I understand your point that it would be a huge mistake by Assad. Few acts would galvanize the international community faster than launching a Sarin attack.

Radar Chief 12-03-2012 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by durtyrute (Post 9177048)
Why is it a big deal if Syria has them, so do we.

I think I get it now, you’re wondering why them mixing these chemicals is a big deal?
Reason is they have a shelf life and start deteriorating, losing effectiveness shortly after being mixed so they typically keep the chemical ingredients in the same location but don’t mix them until they’re ready to use them. That’s why them mixing the chemicals is a big deal.

loochy 12-03-2012 03:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Lane (Post 9177072)
Yeah thats the point 20 patriot missiles hit the Syrian palace bathroom when Assad drops number 2.

You're thinking of Tomahawks..and it only takes 1.

Radar Chief 12-03-2012 03:21 PM

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Originally Posted by loochy (Post 9177107)
You're thinking of Tomahawks..and it only takes 1.

220, 221. Whatever it takes.

durtyrute 12-03-2012 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Radar Chief (Post 9177103)
I think I get it now, you’re wondering why them mixing these chemicals is a big deal?
Reason is they have a shelf life and start deteriorating, losing effectiveness shortly after being mixed so they typically keep the chemical ingredients in the same location but don’t mix them until they’re ready to use them. That’s why them mixing the chemicals is a big deal.

Thanks

loochy 12-03-2012 03:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Radar Chief (Post 9177108)
220, 221. Whatever it takes.

nuke him from orbit just to be sure

HonestChieffan 12-03-2012 05:35 PM

Its ok. Obama said they shouldnt use them. And Hillary had her hair drawn back and sounded very stern.

Hillary is not aging well.


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