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US: Syria moving chemical stockpile

2012-07-13 14:44

Washington - US officials said that Syria has started to move part of its chemical weapons arsenal out of storage facilities, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

The country's undeclared stockpiles of sarin nerve agent, mustard gas and cyanide have long worried US officials and their allies in the region, the report said.

Western nations have looked for signs amid the rebellion against President Bashar Assad's government of any change in the location of those weapons, believed to be the world's largest stockpile.

American officials are divided on the meaning of the moves of the arsenal. Some fear Assad may want to use the weapons against rebels or civilians, while others said perhaps he is trying to safeguard them from his opponents, the Journal reported.

"We repeatedly made it clear that the Syrian government has a responsibility to safeguard its stockpiles of chemical weapons," said US State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, travelling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Phnom Penh.

She added that "the international community will hold accountable any Syrian officials who fail to meet that obligation".

The Syrian government denied chemical stockpiles have been moved, the Journal said.

Syria is one of eight states - along with Israel and nearby Egypt - that have not joined the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention, which means the world's chemical weapons watchdog has no jurisdiction to intervene there.

The Assad government has in the past denied having weapons of mass destruction.

Comments
  • allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-07-13 14:59

    If they use it , GAME OVER ! Not even the vacuous Putin regime will stop the international outrage . Another Kurdish style genocide will not be tolerated. I doubt that even Assad (the ugly giraffe)would dare but there are no limits to meglomania .

  • Dylan Dario Sciarappa - 2012-07-13 15:09

    Man the Americans are getting desparate!!!!!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-13 15:35

      ???????????????

      hallo.daar.56 - 2012-07-13 15:40

      Try spend a day in Homs and you will see what desperate is.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-13 15:44

      Not dissimilar to cries of cluster bombs usage in Libya which later turned out to be from stocks supplied by Nato to the Gulf decadent monarchies. No follow up there by the designated Biological watch dog entity. They are desperate indeed, always itching for war.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-14 14:06

      Immature, uninformed comments from Dylan, Fidel and Ziyaad. In addition, Saddam Hussein did have WMD's. Ask the Kurdish families who's members were gassed by the thousands. And ask the Iranians who he gassed during his war against that country, that cost more than 500,000 Iranian lives.

  • AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-13 15:54

    This assad psychopath is capable of using chemicals against his 'own people,to stay in power. Especially now his inner circle is falling apart, and he knows, his days are numbered, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE !!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-13 16:31

      I am more worried about those psychopaths who have, and are still using depleted uranium against those not of "THEIR OWN" in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-13 16:47

      Sorry, was it not you, who said; stick to the story, being discussed ???

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-13 16:56

      Context, the US is "worried" about the use WMDs whilst her drones are firing these same weapons in Pakistan as we speak. Don't you see anything wrong with this faulty reasoning, or do you suffer from the same sickness of delusion as the US administration. Speaking with a forked tongue?

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-13 17:02

      well at least you got anothere dosis of your silly , childish anti American BS out Well done !! , must really make you feel good !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-07-13 17:11

      Have a nice day Anthony. I need to start tending to my husband, he is jealous of you....

      keith.murphy.9638 - 2012-07-13 17:22

      I think you dad was a psychopath itdiot thats why you on the earth you scumbag calling a President psychopath you brainless dung head

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-13 17:22

      You married?????? What, you found yourself an eskimo ??

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-13 17:36

      Keith, Thank you for your kind words, and thank you, for continuing reading my comments. This "president" is not just your ordinary psychopath, he is a MONSTER AND A DOG !! I really can hardly wait to change my 'voting photo' to one of this assad hanging from a tree !! Watch this space !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-13 17:54

      Patrick, WHY must I explain anything to you,if you are bored go to a dating site, just don't tell them your name is Patrick !!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-07-14 08:11

      Patrick, You are too sick and disturbed in your head, to realize that the 'eskimo' comment has NOTHING to do with racism. Your head is soo bloated full of SICK BS, to be able to look through that mess in your head ! F.ck off !!!

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