Skip to comments.Syria's chemical weapons: How secure are they from jihadists?
Posted on 06/27/2012 5:59:11 PM PDT by Former Fetus
As Syria slides into ever worsening violence and parts of the country begin to slip out of control of the state, Syria's chemical and biological weapons arsenal, air defense systems, and ballistic missiles could be up for grabs a potential bonanza for radical militant groups and a massive challenge for the West in attempting to check proliferation.
Hard data on Syria's chemical and biological warfare capabilities is scarce, but the country is believed to have one of the largest chemical agents stockpiles in the world, including VX and Sarin nerve agents. It also has an impressive number of surface-to-surface missiles, such as Scud-Ds which can be fitted with chemical warheads, and modern Russian anti-aircraft missile batteries, including portable shoulder-fired systems.
"This is unknown territory," says Charles Blair, senior fellow for State and Non-State Threats at the Washington-based Federation of American Scientists. "We have never been through the potential collapse via a very bloody ethnic civil war of a country that is likely armed with a very large stockpile of chemical weapons."
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Isa. 17:1 says: The burden against Damascus. Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, and it will be a ruinous heap."
I was just thinking of that today and wondering about what flowed across the border courtesy of Saddam. Where is it buried and who will dig it up and make mayhem with it?
My thoughts too. We know (some? a lot?) WMDs got smuggled out of Iraq and into Syria.
Who has them now?
Probably George W. Bush. And only Obama can stop him!
Just a little border crossing.
How secure is Egypt’s advanced US weapons from jihadists?
Syria has had it's own gigantic chemical weapons program and stockpiles for decades that has nothing to do with Iraq.
I'm baffled why people seem think that if Syria has chemical weapons that they must have come from Iraq - CWs aren't some magical mystical rare thing that only Iraq ever had.
Though people are still desperate for proof that Iraq had an active CW program in 2003. I've been around a lot of people who were in the administration, military, and IC at in 2002-2003 and not a one of them makes the argument that they did have an active program and a recent stockpile (as opposed to the odd very old odds & ends left over from the pre-1991 Iraqi chemical weapons stockpile) that got shipped to Syria - they all grant that the intel and intel analysis was simply wrong.
People cling to what they want to believe, I guess. I mean, I thought he had an active program and expected one to be found, but after a while you have to finally admit a mistake. I don't think it was a fabrication by the administration or anything (most foreign intel services thought Saddam had an active program as well.) The best explanation is that there was no active program but Saddam PRETENDED there was one for prestige purposes.
Egypt was the first Middle Eastern country to acquire Chemical WMD and they were the first to use them in battle. Used them against Yemeni Saudi backed forces in 1963. And it was reported that Egypt gave Syria Chemical WMD prior to the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War.
So if the Muslim Brotherhood takes control of the Egyptian Military, a very large terrorist organization will have all the mustard gas, phosgene and VX nerve gas they need. Those components could be delivered in munitions such as mines, artillery shells, salvo bombs, rockets, air-to-surface bombs and missile warheads. All brought to you by Obama/Clinton and the US State of Idiots Department.
Information from Egyptian Chemical Weapons Program
Syria’s chemical and biological weapons arsenal...
Oh, you mean the ones they got from Iraq?
The ones all the newspapers say never existed; THOSE chemical and biological weapons?
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They would be a lot more secure now had we left Saddam Hussein alone.