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Elite Syrian Unit Scatters Chemical Arms Stockpile
WSJ ^ | 9/13/2013 | ADAM ENTOUS, JULIAN E. BARNES AND NOUR MALAS

Posted on 09/13/2013 9:48:54 AM PDT by mojito

A secretive Syrian military unit at the center of the Assad regime's chemical weapons program has been moving stocks of poison gases and munitions to as many as 50 sites to make them harder for the U.S. to track, according to American and Middle Eastern officials.

The movements of chemical weapons by Syria's elite Unit 450 could complicate any U.S. bombing campaign in Syria over its alleged chemical attacks, officials said.

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The unit is in charge of mixing and deploying chemical munitions, and it provides security at chemical sites, according to U.S. and European intelligence agencies. It is composed of officers from Mr. Assad's Alawite sect. One diplomat briefed on the unit said it was Alawite from "janitor to commander."

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The movements, activities and base locations of Unit 450 are so sensitive that the U.S. won't share information with even trusted allies in the opposition for fear the unit would be overrun by rebels, said current and former U.S. officials.

The U.S. wants any military strikes in Syria to send a message to the heads of Unit 450 that there is a steep price for following orders to use chemical weapons, U.S. officials said.

At the same time, the U.S. doesn't want any strike to destabilize the unit so much that it loses control of its chemical weapons, giving rebels a chance to seize the arsenal.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; Russia; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; israel; lebanon; maheralassad; obama; potassiumfluoride; russia; sarin; sodiumfluoride; syria; syriachemicalweapons; thebrotherdidit; unit450; unitedkingdom; waronterror
Big leak. Lots of new info. Read the whole thing.
1 posted on 09/13/2013 9:48:54 AM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito
The true nature of any attack on Syria would be to defend a small force of Israeli and CIA operative in the arrest of Assad. That's how it's shaping up.

If Russia allows it, Assad will be getting the Milosevic treatment very soon.

2 posted on 09/13/2013 9:52:52 AM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: mojito
Here is a big question that NOBODY is asking. Where did Assad get his weapons? He did not manufacture them. So, did he buy them from the Russians? Did he produce them from precursor chemicals he purchased on the open market? Or, did he get them from Iraq?

I think Saddam, with Russia's help, trucked them to Syria.

3 posted on 09/13/2013 10:06:28 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (The IRS--a softer Gestapo)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Not sure if Syria had the tech and capability to manufacture chemical weapons, but we all know Saddam did and even used them on the Kurds. I strongly believe that Syria’s chem/weaps came from Iraq. Need I remind anyone of the long truck convoys leaving Iraq towards Syria just prior to the Iraq invasion?


4 posted on 09/13/2013 10:13:15 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever!)
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To: Former Proud Canadian; All

Hmmmm ..?? According to some of the maps that FOX is showing on TV - it lists the “manufacturing” locations, and the stockpile locations.

But, I too have surmised that a lot of the Syrian stockpiles are from Iraq. I think it’s possible to test some of these and determine by the chemical composition that they did come from Sadaam.

But, what really galled me was the fact that the info put on TV clearly let Assad know that we knew where the stuff was .. so Assad could move the stuff before we launched a strike.

Isn’t that really aiding and abeting the enemy ..??


5 posted on 09/13/2013 10:16:52 AM PDT by The Final Harvest (AMERICA: "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Assad undoubtedly “inherited” chemical stockpiles from Iraq, but he has also imported the components of chemical weapons from Russia and even the UK.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/revealed-uk-government-let-british-company-export-nerve-gas-chemicals-to-syria-8793642.html


6 posted on 09/13/2013 10:20:14 AM PDT by mojito (Zero, our Nero.)
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To: A Navy Vet

Do you recall the 100s of trucks passing thru Iraq to Syria? Russions and Germans. We let them go on because they claimed diplomatic immunity.


7 posted on 09/13/2013 10:44:36 AM PDT by rrrod (at home in Medellin Colombia)
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To: mojito

There is an earlier report by CNN http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3066070/posts that cites the opposition as a source.This one identifies a unit 450 . Is there such a unit ? Actually I don’t think it would be in Assads or more importantly Russia’s interest to do this. Russia has a worse problem with the radicals than do we plus there are more Moslems in Russia than in the US.

I think Putin is a sincere Russian dedicated to Russian interests in what he’s doing.


8 posted on 09/13/2013 11:49:03 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (Serious contribution pause.Please continue onto meaningless venting no one reads.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Syria originally was supplied with Chemical WMD from Egypt. Then they went on to build and manufacture their own. They have perhaps one of the largest active stockpiles in the world. Anyone advocating a limited strike against Syria needs to be put into the insane asylum.


9 posted on 09/13/2013 12:11:07 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (I think Obama and crew feel that time is being wasted and that we need to get the jump on Russian sh)
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To: justa-hairyape

I saw the parade of 18-wheelers leaving iraq online like 10 years ago.

But since it didn’t fit the LSM’s agenda it was ignored.


10 posted on 09/13/2013 12:14:34 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: bicyclerepair

Syria had stockpiles of Chemical and Biological WMD long before that movement of WMD from Iraq to Syria. If anything, the equipment to manufacture WMD components and the gear to safely handle WMD, could have enhanced the Syrian WMD capabilities, but they already were fairly large. The Syrians needed the WMD to offset the Israeli Nuclear WMD capability. And the Euro trash was more then willing to help give the Syrians the capabilities to once again attempt an extermination of the Jews. Quite a bit of technology transfer occurred between the Germans to the Syrians.


11 posted on 09/13/2013 12:28:32 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (I think Obama and crew feel that time is being wasted and that we need to get the jump on Russian sh)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
"Here is a big question that NOBODY is asking. Where did Assad get his weapons? He did not manufacture them. So, did he buy them from the Russians? Did he produce them from precursor chemicals he purchased on the open market? Or, did he get them from Iraq? I think Saddam, with Russia's help, trucked them to Syria."

Or were the latest attacks false flag operations by the rebels with weapons supplied by the US from Benghazi?

12 posted on 09/13/2013 2:32:01 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: mojito

“according to American and Middle Eastern officials....officials said...One diplomat briefed on the unit said...said current and former U.S. officials...U.S. officials said...”

Another unsourced article. The neo-con liberals thirst for war and blood continues.


13 posted on 09/13/2013 2:43:21 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: mojito
President Obama. Leave war to the warriors and STFU.

“Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.” ― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

14 posted on 09/13/2013 4:44:45 PM PDT by Newbomb Turk ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Obviously a false flag operation — the rebels are moving around the chemical stockpiles and making it *look* like the Syrian army is doing it. /s

Thanks mojito.


15 posted on 09/13/2013 4:51:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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