The regime of embattled Syrian dictator Bashar Assad is actively working to enlarge its arsenal of chemical weapons, U.S. officials tell Danger Room. Assad’s operatives have tried repeatedly in recent months to buy up the precursor chemicals for deadly nerve agents like sarin, even as his country plunges further and further into a civil war. The U.S. and its allies have been able to block many of these sales. [ed notes;what sales???where???from who???nowhere!!!
But that still leaves Assad’s scientists with hundreds of metric tons of dangerous chemicals that could be turned into some of the world’s most gruesome weapons.“Assad is weathering everything the rebels throw at him. Business is continuing as usual,” one U.S. official privy to intelligence on Syria says. “They’ve been busy little bees.”
Talk of direct U.S. intervention in Syria
has largely subsided.
“There was a moment we thought they were going to use it —especially back in July
,” says the U.S. official, referring to Syria’s chemical arsenal.“But we took a second look at the intelligence, and it was less urgent than we thought.”
That hardly means the danger surrounding Syria’s chemical weapons program has passed. More than 500 metric tons of nerve agent precursors, stored in binary form, are kept at upward of 25 locations scattered around the country. If any one of those sites falls into the wrong hands, it could become a massively lethal event. And in the meantime, Assad is looking to add to his already substantial stockpile.“ [ed notes:evidence?zero none,sowhat does he and wired do?they give following reference... Damascus has continued its pursuit of chemical weaponsdespite the damage to its international reputation and the rising costs of evading international export control on chemical weapons materials,” the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, a leading think tank on weapons of mass destruction issues, noted in an August profile of Syria’s illicit arms activities.
[ed notes;he's giving a reference to a think tank whos information on Syrias chemical weapons isn't even ''updated'',there is nothing new on any new procurement of any chemical or biological weapons there!!!zero!!!what a weasel this author and wired is/are... Exactly why is unclear; Assad is perfectly capable of mass slaughter with more conventional means, like tanks and cluster bombs. Perhaps his chemical precursors are relatively unstable, and he needs fresh supplies; perhaps this is a late shopping spree before the international noose tightens completely; perhaps he wants to send a warning to potential adversaries in Jerusalem and Washington. [ed notes:Maybe he needs fresh supplies?late shopping spree?he has zero evidence for his claims,hes parroting what us govt and israhell wants public to swallow in order to convince american public on the idea we need to invade Syria,as israhell advocates...
Whatever the rationale, Assad is continuing his attempts to buy the building blocks of nerve agents like sarin. The CIA and the U.S. State Department, working with allies in the region, have recently prevented sales to Syria of industrial quantities of isopronol [ed notes;hes just regurgitating c.i.a. and us official lies without any proof!!!
[ed notes;the australia group?according to their site... This website is funded by participants in the Australia Group and administered by the Government of Australia in its informal(INFORMAL MY A$$) role as Chair... AUSTRALIAN GOV IS ITS CHAIR!!! Another porblem with this group is,that it doesnt seek to punish or criticize U.S. role in arming Sadam chemical arsenal wich was used against Iran and Kurds!!!it has reports on the use of tehse weapons used in Iraq,but doens't blast U.S.corporations wich sold them to Saddam...It doenst even demand U.S. corporations who sold them be held accountable!!!get the picture??Secondly this groups members(some) wether australia,u.s.,or european commission members,many of who are involved in its proliferation aren't criticized!!!How come???
Fars News Agency :: Saddam Assisted by 455 Western Chemical ... where is australias groups denunciations and demands for these corporations to be held accountable???nowhere! ...
In June, Jane’s Defence Weekly reported that North Korean engineers were spotted in Syria working on Scud-D short-range ballistic missiles, which can carry chemical warheads
. [ed notes: ihs janes defense is a globalist corporate intelligence/energy corporation front with contracts tied to western intelligence agencies and energy sector related industries..to make it even worst it is also tied to martyn indyk zionist israhelli frontman,from saban center(no wonder author from wired chose to cite janes above,since brookings saban are same globalist zionist front think tank)[coming event- oct 27]
IHS Hosts Inaugural IHS Forum in Washington, D.C. Keynote speakers include former White House Chief of Staff Erskine B. Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (“Simpson-Bowles”); Martin S. Indyk, vice president and director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution; Jack N. Gerard, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute, and Karen Alderman Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21stCentury Energy; IHS Vice Chairman and Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World Daniel Yergin; IHS Chief Economist Nariman Behravesh; and Angela Stent, director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies at Georgetown University.
(THESE ARE JUST A FEW NOTABLES ATTENDING THE EVENT SEE LIST) U.S. intelligence agencies are believed to be helping with the training of opposition groups, while the Pentagon denies shipping arms to the rebels
.[ed notes;that statement after most of what you read above before hand ,(his propaganda), is designed to gear an american public to sympathize with rebel terrorists and extremists and zionist us agenda for regime change...
In public, American aid has largely been limited to organizational advice (Washington is trying to set up a council of opposition leaders in Doha
in the next few weeks, for instance) and technical assistance. Several hundred Syrian activists have traveled to Istanbul for training in secure communications, funded by the U.S. State Department. The rebel leaders received tips
on how to leapfrog firewalls, encrypt their data, and use cellphones without getting caught, as Time magazine recently reported. Then they returned to Syria, many of them with new phones and satellite modems in hand.In the background, the U.S. is also starting to strategize for how it should operate in a post-Assad Syria. And that includes scoping out plans for disposing of Assad’s stockpiles of nerve and mustard agents.
It won’t be easy: Iraq’s former chemical bunkers are still toxic
, a decade after Saddam’s overthrow. The U.S. recently said it won’t be done disposing of its Cold War chemical weapon arsenal until 2023
.Disposing of chemical weapons might not be as touchy a political issue in Syria as it is in America
.[ed notes:why doesnt he make it the issue?Because hes a propagandist for brookings who seeks regime change in Syria not U.S.
But Assad’s nerve agents will still be tricky to render (relatively) safe — or “demilitarize,” in weapons jargon. DF, for example, can be turned into a somewhat non-toxic slurry, if combined properly with lye and water. The problem is that when DF reacts with water, it generates heat. And since DF has an extremely low boiling point — just 55.4 degrees Celsius
— it means that the chances of accidentally releasing toxic gases are really high. “You could easily kill yourself during the demil,” one observer tells Danger Room.Naturally, this process could only begin µonce the DF and the rubbing alcohol was gathered up from Assad’s couple dozen storage locations.
Then, they’d have to be carted far, far out into the desert — to make sure no bystanders could be hurt — along with the enormous stirred-tank reactors
needed to conduct the dangerous chemistry experiments. And when it was all done, there would the result would be a whole lot of hydrofluoric acid
, which is itself a poison. In other words, even if the U.S. stops every one of Assad’s chemical weapon shipments from here on out, the legacy of his illicit weapons program will linger on for decades.
[ed notes;hes suggesting it must be removed either way,but assads chemical weapons will still leave effects behind,inferring of course Assad is evil,for even having created such a program..meanwhile he doenst talk about us depleted uranium and that legacy felt all over middle east!!(even as far as europe!) No,he wont mention israhells testing of chemical and biological weapons on palestinians,no course not..and here is why not see below!!!
Noah Shachtman is a contributing editor at Wired magazine, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and the editor of this little blog right here.
[ed notes:who is noah shachtman besides a zionist jew?
Since May 2007, Shachtman has participated in the U.S. Department of Defense‘s Bloggers’ Roundtable.
His superior at the Institute is 21st Century Defense Initiative director Peter Singer
[ed note:who is singer? Prior to his current position, Singer was founding Director of the Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings(zionist jews ,israhelli zealots,warmongers)
In 2009, Shachtman attended a Project Interchange (PI) seminar inIsrael together with other “defense analysts”. PI is an indoctrination program set up by the American Jewish Committee aimed at “opinion formers”.