AL-ASSAD AND HIS WMDS? / Reported stockpiles could provide protection against military action (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) WASHINGTON Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin 03/31/12)
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WASHINGTON – It has been known for years by the U.S. intelligence
community that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has considerable
depots of chemical weapons which, combined with the SCUD-Ds, are
meant to be used against Israel, according to a report from Joseph
Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
However, a report by the James Martin Center for Non-proliferation
Studies says that out of desperation he could use them against
countries that assist the armed opposition in his country or
countries which may harbor such fighters.
The report is titled “Assad’s Toxic Assets.”
He also could use them against any opposition strongholds within
Syria or in countries where the opposition has sought sanctuary. The
threat of al-Assad or even his brother, Maher, who controls a number
of military units, using such strategy has been a factor in
preventing Western military intervention until now.
Syrian army and Special Forces units under Maher’s control reportedly
are guarding CW facilities and munitions storage sites.
Just as al-Assad is Alawite, much of the officer corps is under
Shi’ite-influenced Alawite control. Most of the enlisted personnel,
however, are Sunni Islamic, as are the forces openly opposing al-
The report raises a number of possible scenarios, one of which is
that the generals could use the chemical weapons without waiting for
al-Assad’s approval if the opposition becomes overwhelming.
“They could also be tempted to act pre-emptively, ‘using them before
losing them,’” the report said. “Furthermore, the moment the rebels
decide to escalate and hit chemical sites, government forces might
retaliate with force and use planes to deliver chemical agents by
The CW production facilities reportedly are near the cities of
Aleppo, Damascus, Hama, Homs and Latakia.
“It is no wonder that President (Barack) Obama and his top military
brass are extremely hesitant to use kinetic force or send weapons
into Syria,” the report said. “The country is a chemical powder keg
ready to explode.”
While the report said that the chemical weapons could be transferred
to Iran for safekeeping, it didn’t raise the prospect that Iran could
dispatch elite Iranian Republican Guard Corps troops to Syria to
guard the facilities. Sources suggest that members of the IRGC
already are in Syria providing intelligence and specialized training
to Syrian troops. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 03/31/12)
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