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Chemical Warfare Looms Over Syria: Israel Passes Atropine to Rebels (Ssrin Nerve Gas Antidote)
Debkafiles ^ | April 13, 2013, 13:42 PM

Posted on 04/14/2013 9:01:47 AM PDT by drewh

As the Syrian civil way went into its third year this week, signs abounded of increasing readiness for the use of chemical weapons on both sides of the conflict.

Since February, the US, Israel, Ankara and Amman have been aware of Bashar Assad’s resolve to override their threats and resort to deadly poison gas if the rebels closed in on the heart of Damascus.

On April 3, an unnamed Syrian army officer made the warning clear. By continuing to advancie on Damascus, he said, “the rebels and their leaders” were assured of “certain death.”

At about the same time, debkafile reported exclusively that the Syrian ruler had ordered protective suits for chemical warfare and gas masks distributed to the 4th and 3rd Divisions defending the capital.

Tank commanders were told to activate their filtering systems against chemical and biological agents.

Protective suits have since been distributed to the Syrian army units fighting in southern Syria and the Golan, the enclave divided between Syria and Israel by the 1974 ceasefire that ended the Syrian war of attrition after the Yom Kippur War.

These steps were registered by the joint counter-chemical warfare center set up between the US, Israel, Turkey and Jordan when President Barack Obama visited their capitals in the third week of March. In the last few days, Israeli troops were asked by this center to start handing out atropine injections or IV drips to Syrian rebels fighting Syrian troops on the Golan.

Extracted from deadly nightshade (Atropa belladonna), Jimson weed (Datura stramonium) and mandrake (Mandragora officinarum), atropine is highly effective for blocking such nerve agents as sarin, VX, soman and tabun and counteracting the effects of poisoning, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping and low heart rate.

The IDF’s distribution of a chemical weapon antidote to Syrian rebels may be regarded as the first Israeli intervention in the Syrian conflict, a small step past administering medical treatment to Syrians wounded in battle.

The Syrian high command will have noted this, or been tipped off by its Iranian, Russian or Hizballah intelligence comrades. And military sources say this may account for the Syrian decision for the first time in 34 years to direct shell fire at an IDF Golani patrol on duty Friday night, April 12, in the northern Golani area of Kibbutz El-Rom.

No one was hurt. But in order to deter the Syrians from making this attack a precedent, Israeli artillery and a Tamuz rocket returned the fire, achieving a direct hit on the Syrian outpost.

The British disclosure April 12 in the Times of London of soil samples smuggled out of Syria provided forensic evidence of the use of chemical weapons but carefully avoided assigning responsibility.

Though containing traces of “some kind of chemical weapon” collected from an unidentified “neighborhood on the outskirts of Damascus,” the British experts could not identify the type of weapon – possibly even tear gas – or whether it was fired by forces loyal to President Assad or the rebels fighting him.

Military sources note that, even if Britain’s MI6 secret service knew the answers to these questions, they would take care not to make them public so as not to build up the pressure for Western military intervention - pledged by President Obama in the event of chemical weapons being used in Syria – before the US president was ready to give the go signal.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chemicalweapons; debka; debkafiles; israel; russia; sarin; syria; syriawar; waronterror

1 posted on 04/14/2013 9:01:47 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

What the hell for? Just let the bastards kill each other.


2 posted on 04/14/2013 9:08:23 AM PDT by gop4lyf (Are we no longer in that awkward time? Or is it still too early?)
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To: drewh

Why would anyone other than an islamist want to aid another islamist?


3 posted on 04/14/2013 9:09:35 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: gop4lyf

There’s a 50/50 chance it even happened at all knowing debka.


4 posted on 04/14/2013 9:19:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: gop4lyf

When they’re busy killing each other there killing less of us. Let them stay busy with each other forever.


5 posted on 04/14/2013 9:30:01 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: Wiggins

I meant They’re.


6 posted on 04/14/2013 9:30:39 AM PDT by Wiggins
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To: drewh

I fear that the Israeli gvernment like Obama, Kerry, McCain and Lindsey, are favoting the more dangerous side in Syria.


7 posted on 04/14/2013 9:46:21 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Wiggins

When your enemies are killing each other, get out of the way.


8 posted on 04/14/2013 9:50:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (The most insidious power the news media has, is the power to ignore.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Debka, so, grain of salt. Thanks drewh.


9 posted on 04/14/2013 10:04:57 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: drewh

“The IDF’s distribution of a chemical weapon antidote to Syrian rebels may be regarded as the first Israeli intervention in the Syrian conflict, a small step past administering medical treatment to Syrians wounded in battle.”

Stupidity squared!

Islam is a societal cancer.

Radiation is the answer.


10 posted on 04/14/2013 10:25:11 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."..)
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To: drewh

This is BS.
Israel wouldn’t pass WMD’s to those fanatics.


11 posted on 04/14/2013 1:31:41 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (God humbles and (if need be) destroys the false idols of the peoples. Be patient, folks...)
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To: drewh

Let ‘em kill each other, as many as possible. That’s fewer of the winners you’ll have to deal with later!


12 posted on 04/14/2013 7:11:19 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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