Skip to comments.Syria blast 'linked to chemical weapons': report
Posted on 09/19/2007 6:41:34 AM PDT by 3AngelaD
LONDON (AFP) Iranian engineers were among those killed in a blast at a secret Syrian military installation two months ago, defence group Jane's said Wednesday after claiming that the base was being used to develop chemical weapons. The July 26 explosion in Aleppo, northern Syria, was reported at the time. The official Sana news agency said 15 Syrian military personnel were killed and 50 people were injured, most of them slightly from flying glass.
The agency said only that "very explosive products" blew up after fire broke out at the facility and that the blaze was not an act of sabotage. But in the September 26 edition of Jane's Defence Weekly, Syrian defence sources were quoted as saying the explosion happened during tests to weaponise a Scud C missile with mustard gas, which is banned under international law.
Fuel caught fire in a missile production laboratory and "dispersed chemical agents (including VX and Sarin nerve agents and mustard blister agent) across the storage facility and outside.
"Other Iranian engineers were seriously injured with chemical burns to exposed body parts not protected by safety overalls," the publication quoted the sources as saying. Among the dead were "dozens" of Iranian missile weaponisation engineers, it added...
Jane's said the regime in Damascus has since imposed a media black-out on the blast and had "destroyed" evidence that base was being used as a missile production site with Iranian help. It also questioned the government's claim that the explosion occurred because of a sudden rise in the ambient air temperature...
The article also quoted Syrian opposition sources as noting that vehicles destined for car bomb attacks in Iraq are prepared at the same facility under the supervision of Syrian intelligence and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards....It said Iran helped Syria in the planning, establishment and management of five facilities designed to develop chemical weapons on an industrial scale. An Iranian chemical manufacturer, whose identity Jane's said it knows and with connections to the Islamic republic's defence industry, and a Syrian firm with links to the military have made a number of deals since 2004...
The fact that no dummmy blames the jews or the crusaders means that either the jews or crusaders are responsible.
Too bad it wasn’t a bigger warhead! I think we should give Syria and Iran nuclear technology and material...free of charge...free delivery...from 50k feet!
Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving bunch of fellas...
...makes you feel all warm inside thinking about these cavemen having nukes. This article alone makes the case for setting the Islamics back the 500 years or so they want.
I was shocked to hear this definitely non-OJ story being discussed on Fox this morning.
Perhaps Nancy Pelosi should put on her shawl and go back to Syria and beg Assad to be nice and not mess with these WMDs least he get nasty letters from the UN and a frown face from the US Congress. (dripping sarcasm)
” I was shocked to hear this definitely non-OJ story being discussed on Fox this morning. “
I missed that — OJ fatigue (or disgust) drove me to the History Channel very early this morning — and every time I dipped back into Fox (during commercials) they were re-re-re-re-re-running that stupid Greta interview with Cato whatsisname.....
FNC needs to be honest and change its name to “National Enquirer (Enquiring minds want to know) TV”.....
Yes, for Cato this is a bonanza, because he is getting a second shot at his 15 minutes. I won’t watch OJ coverage, I switch the channel, I mute. OJ combined with Geraldo is simply intolerable. I just don’t care. The critically important Holy Land Foundation trial going on in Dallas should be getting this level of coverage, and the Israelis have taken out a Syrian nuclear development site, but instead we are fed all OJ all the time, except for the time devoted to that idiot in Florida who so richly deserved to be tasered.
has anyone thought that these could be saddam’s war heads?????
I’d wager that most everyone on FR considers that to be a strong possiblity.
Sounds like an accident - however, I wonder if the incident has tipped off the Israelis as to the location of this illegal weapons site.
Same here. Fox is a great alternative to other lamestream media sources, but I hate the way “OJ gets arrested” or “OJ gets indicted” winds up being the focus of an ENTIRE NEWS HOUR. Hey Fox News - what else is going on the world??
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