Skip to comments.Report: Syria arms missiles with chemical warheads
Posted on 12/11/2011 11:46:53 AM PST by jhpigott
The Syrian regime, which has endured nine months of civil unrest spurred by the Arab Spring as it swept across the Middle East, has armed its medium-range missile arsenal with chemical warheads.
According to a report published by the Sabah daily Sunday, Damascus armed 600 one-ton chemical warheads to use in the event of a foreign military intervention. Furthermore, President Bashar al-Assad ordered the deployment of 21 missile launchers along its border with Turkey. Syrias medium-range missiles that can be equipped with chemical warheads have a range of up to 1,300 kilometers and would include the southern and central provinces of Turkey.
(Excerpt) Read more at todayszaman.com ...
So that’s where all the WMDs we watched being trucked across the Iraq-Syrian border ended up...
Looks as if they learned well.
lol see my tagline.It was reported in the news that they were moved via semi but to this day people say bad intel?
my bad I meant to say see my screen name/handle
The proper response is to advise all Syrian military officers and civilian leaders that the use of chemical weapons will result in the death penalty for all involved.
Summary (no trial) execution by whatever military force captures them.
They use Chemical weapons on Nato troops or ships and nations like France will reply with Atomic weapons. No advantage here.
So thats where all the WMDs we watched being trucked across the Iraq-Syrian border ended up...
Everyone who was paying attention at the time knew that ... but the MSN poo-poo’d the whole idea, and so it was forgotten.
Absent that, they all die horrible and humiliating deaths.
The MSM is really good at poo-poo...
Always give your enemy an out ~ Sun Tzu
If a fight breaks out a lot of people are going to die. 10s of thousands.
Or you can just stay out of Syria
The MSM is really good at poo-poo...Unfortunately, because of all their poo-poo, we are now in deep doo-doo.
You can bet the Egyptian military brass have figured this out as well.
Lets hope Assad keeps stomping Sunni ass then. Alawites did not do 9/11 or attack the USA.
Unfortunately, that won’t work. Syria was more than willing to be Iran’s proxy, was very active in supporting the anti-Iraq forces and Hezbollah. And the Russians were more than willing to give their tyrannical little buddy any weapons he wanted.
Unless pencil-neck is overthrown, he will keep butchering his own people until they finally surrender, and then he will go right back to trying to foment war as he did before. And those chemical warheads will still be there, for him to use any time he wants to.
No need to mention, I suppose, the Norks trying to help him develop either nuclear weapons, or essential parts for them for the Iranians.
Also looks like Assad may be having “internal” issues -
Syrian opposition sources: Defense minister killed
Published: 12.11.11, 21:12 / Israel News
Syrian opposition officials in London reported that Deputy Minister of Defense of Syria Assef Shawkat husband of Bushra Assad was killed during an argument with his aide General Ali Mamlouk.
According to the report, which has yet to be confirmed by official sources, Shawkat was secretly rushed to hospital in Damascus where he died of his wounds. Other sources claim he’s in a coma. (Roee Nahmias)
Assad is taking risks just by arming the missiles. It appears that the loyalty of the military is slipping. An opposition group of former military recently pulled off a daring raid agaomst a high value loyalist military facility. The rebels will, rightly, fear those missiles. They may make capturing one a priority. Suppose they do and fire it. It hardly matters where it goes as the backlash will destroy Assad no matter where it lands.
Thats just one possibility. Leaks or accidents, depending on whether this is a two-part gas, can be as deadly as any rebel attack. It seems that with the situation as tense as it is Assad has unnecessarily raised the disaster potential. I think NATO learned its lesson in Libya. The probability that well intervene is miniscule and Hillary would be smart to take that option off the table to see if the situation can be calmed down.
Turkey has overextended itself against the Kurds and Israel and is unlikely to pose a threat to Assad. But if a missile is launched into Turkey the Turks will have no choice but to respond and they can do any number of things under the table to destabilize Assad without taking overt, actionable military action.
“So thats where all the WMDs we watched being trucked across the Iraq-Syrian border ended up...”
After the Russian Army helped Iraq dismantle the WMD facilities, they trucked them up to Syria.
Too bad Bush decided not to put Russia & Syria on the spot by revealing the proof!
Wars and rumors of wars.
I agree that the chances of any direct US intervention in Syria is low, but if Assad decides to drop the hammer on Homs (as it appears he is getting ready to do) the likelihood of some kind of foreign intervention (probably Turkish, with some Arab League backing - maybe the French coming in and setting up “humanitarian cooridors) increases significantly.
I think Assad is not trying too hard to conceal the deployment of these chem warheads on his IRBMs (presuming the report is accurate) as a signal for anyone considering intervenig to back off.
He killed the husband of a ruling family member.
Yes, there is dissension, and some may be within the ruling elite.
Perhaps there are some sane enough to avoid suicide?
But W didn’t do anything about it! He could have bombed the convoys,he could have intercepted them with SOF etc..,nothing like never existed. Why?
Maybe His Excellency can zoom in and scoop them up on AF1.
” He could have bombed the convoys “
I think I remember that we did try an ‘air interdiction’ on one of the convoys to Syria in the runup to the ground invasion, and there was such a howling and gnashing-of-teeth about *Russian* ‘civilian’ casualties that the rest of the convoys were allowed to proceed unmolested....
0bama don't have the gonads to do anything in Syria, not before the election anyhow!
I’m pretty sure Syria already had chemical weapons. That doesn’t mean they didn’t get more though.
Sequels and rumors and sequels. They tried this bit back in July 07 and lost about 30 scientists in a sad work accident.
Maybe this time around they used robotics.
I think we’ve just found Saddam’s WMD.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
...600 one-ton chemical warheads... deployment of 21 missile launchers along its border with Turkey... a range of up to 1,300 kilometers...Hey, Erdogan, ya dumb-ass! Want to repeat your whole "casus belli" diatribe? A-hole!
We’ll see your Chemical Weapons and ante up a nice mushroom maker.
—Don't know why, but as I recall the convoys were under observation. Perhaps it was a judgment call - that attacking them might mean the release of the agents - killing civilians, etc - which was highly unacceptable politically. But then, killing civilians was what won WWII. Maybe we will relearn that lesson one day ...
It's been well-known and established that the Syrians have had their own massive chemical weapons program for decades.
Yeah, but the wussy Republicans LET them all forget about it. They should have been trumpeting that FACT in weekly press conferences until the main/lamestream media was forced to pick up on the story. But noooooo!
And also Saddam’s stock pile. Chemical weapons, actually, are no big deal. Mix chlorine with amonia and you’ve got a chemical weapon. Nerve gas is extremely similar to bug spray. I once had a small dog that I applied too much flea poison to her skin. She became ill, so I brought her to a vet, and he injected her with atropine, same as for nerve gas. Biological and nuclear are the real worry.
“Damascus armed 600 one-ton chemical warheads “
Now we see how the Damascus prophecy becomes plauseable...they use that on a nuclear wielding country...say the French and Damascus will be nuked...if the use one on Israel...they’ll be nuked!
It appears that it is past time for an industrial accident to eliminate Assad and his fellow serial killers.
I don't think it will be France doing the nuking, but I could be wrong. They don't seem to have the stones for that kind of response. The Isaiah 17 prophecy may or may not be a result of Israel's doing, but I suspect that it is a direct result of the events that we're watching now.
I just wonder if we'll be here to watch it unfold or not. The timeline from Isaiah 17 to Armageddon gets to be extremely bloody in short order.
-——they can do any number of things under the table to destabilize Assad without taking overt, actionable military action——
That same statement can be applied to the Arab League.
The tense however is wrong. The action is in the present tense and actually underway at the present.
Assad’s action is the response. It is defensive in nature
So, how’s that change working out for you?
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.