Saturday, July 20, 2013

Chemical Weapons in Syria

By Micah Halpern
I've Been Thinking:

There have been several recent and important reports of chemical weapon stores in Syria.
The reports relate to weapon transfers and to stores that have been discovered.

The first report came by way of a spokesman from the Free Syrian Army, a group that is recognized by the United States and the West as a legitimate rebel force fighting the Assad regime.

The spokesperson said that at a location near Damascus chemical weapons were transferred to Hezbollah by the Assad regime. This transaction was also reported in the Lebanese news.

In another report the Assad regime claimed that they had discovered a large cache of chemical weapons that were being stored by the rebels. That stockpile was found in a neighborhood in Damascus.

For a year already there have been credible intelligence reports regarding Syria and chemical weapons. Agencies have been maintaining that both sides in the Syrian conflict have chemical weapons. And then just recently, the United States confirmed that Assad has used limited chemicals.

None of this is good news. Not for Syrians, not for the region. 

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