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US concerned over Syria´s chemical weapons (JERUSALEM POST) By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF 07/22/12) Source: http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=278377
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In a separate interview, a senior Syrian military defector told Reuters Saturday that Assad´s forces were moving chemical weapons across the country for possible use in a military retaliation for the killing of four top security officials.
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"The regime has started moving its chemical stockpile and redistributing it to prepare for its use," said General Mustafa Sheikh, citing rebel intelligence obtained in recent days.
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"They are moving it from warehouses to new locations," he told Reuters in an interview in southern Turkey, close to the Syrian border. "They want to burn the country. The regime cannot fall without perpetrating a sea of blood."
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Syria´s 16-month conflict has been transformed since Wednesday, when a bomb killed four members of Assad´s narrow circle of kin and lieutenants, including his powerful brother-in-law, defense minister and intelligence chief.
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Sheikh´s comments could not be independently verified and Syria has denied any such move.
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Western and Israeli officials, concerned that chemical stockpiles could fall into the hands of militants, said a week ago that Syria appeared to be shifting weapons from storage sites, but it was not clear whether the operation was a security precaution or a preparation for deployment.
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak revealed Friday that Israel is preparing for a possible military intervention in Syria in case Damascus hands its missiles or chemical weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon. (© 1995- 2011, The Jerusalem Post 07/22/12)
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