US concerned over Syria´s chemical weapons (JERUSALEM POST) By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF 07/22/12)
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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.
"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.
"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."
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.
Sheikh´s comments could not be independently verified and Syria has
denied any such move.
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.
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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