Skip to comments.Assad Fires Scuds To Stop Al Qaeda Arm Seizing Chemical Arms at Al Safira
Posted on 12/13/2012 5:48:53 PM PST by drewh
By the blacklisting Tuesday, the Jabhat al-Nusra group fighting in Syrian rebel ranks as a foreign terrorist organization and affiliate of al Qaeda in Iraq, Washington faces four quandaries: 1. The 10,000 fighters of this al Qaeda affiliate are the best-trained and most professional component of the Syrian rebel front;.
2. Jabhat al-Nusra fields 3,000 fighters out of the mostly Free Syrian Armys 14,000 rebels fighting in and around Aleppo. They also constitute the assault forces spearhead.
3. The Islamists are at the sharp front edge of the rebel force battling for control of the Syrian armys biggest chemical weapons store at Al Safira, near Aleppo. Thursday morning, Dec. 12, they were just a kilometer from the bases northwestern perimeter fence and advancing fast. By weeks end, Jabhat al-Nusra jihadis may have smashed into the base and seized control of the chemical stocks and Scud D planes standing there armed with chemical warheads.
The imminence of this peril forced Bashar Assads hand into sending Scud jets against rebel-held areas in an effort to stop their advance on the base.
4. This al Qaeda affiliate is also better armed and equipped than any other Syrian rebel force, thanks to the generous financial and logistical aid laid on by Persian Gulf sources, especially in Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait.
The difficulty here is that those three Gulf Arab stats are also American allies in the war against Assad and the most important contributors to the US-sponsored Friends of Syria, a forum which met in Marrakesh Wednesday and formally recognized the umbrella Syrian opposition coalition of exiled groups as the legitimate government of Syria.
Reporters inside Syria reported that when the Jabhat al-Nusra fighters heard this news, they declared 700 of their number had died
But as the vicious civil war of nearly two years and more than 40,000 dead approached another dangerous peak, no one was laughing in Damascus or Washington.
Military sources point to the next crisis looming ahead: If Assad fails to stop the al Qaeda fighters from reaching Al-Safira and its poison gas stores - and an al Qaeda affiliate succeeds for the first time in arming itself with chemical weapons - the United States will have to mount an air assault not on Assads army but on the Syrian rebel forces fighting him, because if they do manage to seize control of the base, rebel fighters may decide to send the chemicals-tipped missiles against Assad regime centers in Damascus.
The fall of al Safira would then transform the Syrian civil conflict into a chemical missile war.
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And some important facts us WWIII's may need going forward.
The Twelfth Imam is performing admirably from his perch in our Whitehouse.
It’s still the best representative form of govt, that Saudi oil money can buy!
according to debkafiles a couple of days ago special ops are are already on the ground...
If the chemical weapons store is in danger of being overrun, we may have to call in an air strike, all right - to destroy the site and every weapon in it. I don't much care which army -Syrian or rebel - is actually occupying the base at zero hour.
From at least 6 countries.
We chose the wrong side in Egypt and Libya....why do I think that we’ve chosen the wrong side in Syria as well?
No guidance system so I doubt Assad was defending anything with them
If anything they are only good for delivering chemical weapons randomly to neighboring countries. Great for use as a threat but lack effective control once launched.
Syria government ‘losing control’ — Russian official
BBC News | Thursday, December 13, 2012
Posted on Thu Dec 13 20:48:26 2012 by MinorityRepublican
[snip] Separately, Syria denied reports it had fired Scud missiles at rebels. [/snip]