Monday, September 17, 2012

Syria Tested Chemical Weapons in Desert in August, Eyewitnesses Say - SPIEGEL ONLINE

I wouldn’t place too much hope in the US.  Der Spiegel on Syria’s chem weapons site.

Hoping for US Troops

Scientists from Iran and North Korea are said to work in the expansive, fenced-off complex. According to Western intelligence agencies, they produce chemical agents such as sarin, tabun and mustard gas and test them on animals.

In recent months, the guards have been replaced and reinforced by more than 100 elite troops from the 4th Tank Division. In addition, power generators and large supplies of diesel have recently been brought to the plant to safeguard the supply of electricity in the event of an attack by rebels, reports say.

But the rebels don't plan to take the site. "We hope American troops will secure the plant," said one former army officer who deserted and joined the Free Syrian Army. "We don't want the regime to be able to use the weapons, but neither do we want them to fall into the hands of radicals after the downfall (of the regime)."

Syria is believed to have one of the world's largest arsenals of chemical weapons.

Syria Tested Chemical Weapons in Desert in August, Eyewitnesses Say - SPIEGEL ONLINE

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