Syria 'plans to use chemical weapons'

2012-09-19 10:05

London - The Syrian regime plans to deploy chemical weapons against its own people "as a last resort", the former head of Syria's chemical arsenal told The Times newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.

Major-General Adnan Sillu said he defected from the Syrian army three months ago after being party to top-levels talks about the use of chemical weapons on both rebel fighters and civilians.

"We were in a serious discussion about the use of chemical weapons, including how we would use them and in what areas," he told the newspaper, referring to a meeting held at Syria's chemical weapons centre south of Damascus.

"We discussed this as a last resort - such as if the regime lost control of an important area such as Aleppo."

Speaking from Turkey, General Sillu told The Times that he was certain President Bashar Assad's regime would eventually use chemical weapons against civilians, adding that the discussion had been "the last straw" which triggered his defection.

His comments come after German press reported on Tuesday that the Syrian army had tested a chemical weapons delivery system.

'For use against Israel'

In his first interview since his defection, General Sillu said the Syrian regime had also considered supplying chemical weapons to the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah.

"They wanted to place warheads with the chemical weapons on missiles - to transfer them this way to Hezbollah. It was for use against Israel, of course," he told The Times.

He suggested that the regime now had "nothing to lose" in sharing the weapons and added: "If a war starts between Hezbollah and Israel it will be only good for Syria."

Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard also attended numerous meetings to discuss the use of chemical weapons, he said.

"They were always coming to visit and to advise. They were always sending us scientists and bringing our scientists to them. They were also involved on the political side of how to use the chemical weapons."

The German magazine Der Spiegel, citing "witnesses, reported [on] Monday that the Syrian army has tested a chemical weapons delivery system, firing shells at a research centre in its northwestern desert region.

"Five or six empty shells devised for delivering chemical agents were fired by tanks and aircraft, at a site called Diraiham in the desert near the village of Khanasir," east of the city of Aleppo, Der Spiegel reported.

The Safira research centre in question is regarded as Syria's largest testing site for chemical weapons.

  • Fidel - 2012-09-19 10:39

    I wouldn't get over-excited about this. I remember prior to the invasion of Kuwait, as the coalition was getting people all juiced up for war, they paraded some character at the UN who made equally visceral allegations about Iraqi soldiers throwing premature babies out of incubators so they could loot hospital equipment. The allegations turned out to be thin on veracity, but the lie had served its purpose. In Libya it was viagra wielding soldiers. At the end of the day its the same old dehumanising formula but the simpletons fall for it every single time. Seriously, why don't they make the propaganda a bit more subtle!

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-19 10:44

      The fact is he got the weapons so let's get rid of him and his regime.

      bradley.kecskes - 2012-09-19 10:53

      Fidel being a simpleton i have to cheers to you!! you should become a writer fantasy of course...And no joke you would make a good Writer too.

      truthis.tway - 2012-09-19 11:07

      Saddam also had Chemical weapons...oh wait a minute.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 11:08

      Only the dumb and ignorant, will not take this threat serious. And off course, like a good loony from the left, you will also want to confuse 'this' issue, with all irrelvant BS !! Let's look at the facts 'inside' Syria Here is a psychopathic monster who; Shoots rockets from tanks, into apartment blocks! Drops bombs from aircraft, onto unarmed civilians, standing in a que, buying bread! Has his terrorists thugs shoot live ammunition, from gunship helicopters, on women and children. THIS MONSTER IS CAPABLE OF ANYTHING !!! It is time to send in special Nato forces and take out this monster. Someone not happy with that; To heck with them !!!

      dylan.sciarappa - 2012-09-19 11:19

      I would be careful calling these as 'facts' Anthony

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 12:18

      Dylan, It is only the loony left, who make up their 'own' facts 'Facts' , confirmed by the following persons and organisations; The UN GA The UN SC Ban Ki-moon Kofi Annan UN Gen Mood Amnesty International HRW Red Cross Medicene sans Fronteir Reporters on the ground Eye witnesses on the ground BUT, Who are they ??????????? Should I be MORE carefull????????????????????????

      Fidel - 2012-09-19 12:50

      @Anthony "It is time to send in special Nato forces and take out this monster." So how will they do this, just walk up to Assad and take him out. You do a good job of expressing the psychosis that a warmongering Humanitarian suffers from. How man more can you kill under the good guy guise. Bombing people to save them?

      repline.rasbanda - 2012-09-19 13:22

      @Fidel, And how would you resolve the situation, appeal to his good graces? Go outside his building and wave your hands in a peace sign and proclaim everlasting love and peace for humanity... coming to think of it please go and do that I would love to see his "reaction" "War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." ~JIMMY CARTER

      Fidel - 2012-09-19 13:40

      War is the opposite of peace and cannot secure it. By talking we can resolve all of the world's problems with compromise and understanding, never violence. Either that or make me world president for life and I promise I'll fix everything!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 13:40

      Fidel, Well, maybe like your other hero, this mass murderer gaddafi, Get him on the run, and his 'own' people will make him eat sand !! And don't be so slimy, and pretend you care even about the life of ONE Syrian. You don't even give a damn about AFRICANS !!!! THAT'S how much HATRED you got in you !!!

      Desilusionada - 2012-09-19 13:43

      "prior to the invasion of Kuwait, as the coalition was getting people all juiced up for war," It appears as if you have now finally reached new depths of irrational, CIRCULAR (plse note), thinking. Calling Nelson Mandela an Uncle Tom was bad, but now.............. The "coalition" did not get get people juiced up for war, as they were prepared for war anyway. But then again the invasion by Hussein was just a figment of all of our imaginations.............. "I wouldn't get over-excited about this" Really? Well Hussein DID invade. He did not just talk about it! "same old dehumanising formula" Warning against something and then it actually happens, is an "old dehumanising formula"? The "simpletons falling for it" were the coalition right? They should have left Hussein to the rape of Kuwait? Stop sprouting rhetoric and wipe the shyte from your eyes......

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-19 13:48

      Mgoqi it needs the courage to do what is necessary.

      jaba.kov - 2012-09-19 14:55

      Saddam had Chemical weapons and killed many Kurds using them

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-19 15:12

      Fidel it is not worth arguing with these guys as they have an illiterate understanding of history and geo politics. They still genuinely believe the US and NATO actually get involved in conflicts for humanitarian reasons, the blind faith they put in Western politicians is laughable. It is rather sad that they believe these lies yet they do even though there is no such thing as a free lunch. You could give them as much evidence as you wanted to suggest US foreign policy is about protecting and expanding US interests and nothing else but they will still call it conspiracy.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-19 15:19

      Firstly, Fidel believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. His exact words on the US/Mandela thread a few weeks ago. Secondly, it was Moamar Gaddafi who claimed "terrorists" who were really Libyans merely trying to vote in free and fair elections, were drugged-up on hallucogenics. Thirdly, anything Fidel "remembers", puts together again, re-members, he does through an obviously prejudiced and biased mind. Nelson Mandela a phony, and lackey of the West. Yeah right. Imagine that.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-19 15:20

      Tom, the blind faith YOU have in unelected dictators slaughtering innocent Muslims and their families is what is so obviously deranged.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-19 15:22

      Truthis, everyone knows Saddam Hussein had WMD's. He used them on Iraqi Kurds and their families who he gassed by the tens of thousands, and on Iranian troops in his war against that country which killed one million Iranians.

      tom.guy.37669528 - 2012-09-19 16:04

      I have no faith in dictators, I despise them, as much as I despise politicians who do not have their people's interests at heart. You have this obsession over "election" as if choosing one evil over another is much better.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-19 16:55

      Tom, you're agreeing with a person who believes Nelson Mandela is a phony, a lackey of the West, a modern-day Uncle Tom. Think about this. You're of the same mindset.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 18:34

      It is not complicated at all!! there are some who in a civil war take the side of the people, which is not only smaerr, as they ALWAYS win, but also because it is the right thing to do. And than there are those, who abuse their own freedom, and who have an insane facination for DICTATORS / TYRANTS / MASS MURDERERS , and who will use an ENDLESS amount of CRAP and BS, to justify their wrong choices. They have all their own 'facts' and everything they want, it is PROVEN. Some call them; the loony left!! I think, a far better discription is; The lying, BS fabricating LOOSERS!! Is it not a blessing that they don't represent more than 5 % of anyone in this world !! They make the pother 95 % PUKE !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 19:08

      Patrick, ""Then we have this stupid piece of scum called Fred who has ...."" That this EDITOR allows a foul mouthed rubbish like you on this site, shows he is not fit to hold his job !!

      Shane Loxton - 2012-09-19 21:27

      Fred has his facts very wrong, no WMD's were ever found in Iraq, was in Iraq from 2003 - 2009, no such stuff was found through all the searching. planes and weapons were found hidden and buried in the Desert, South African G5 cannons, Chemical weapons but no WMD's! Freds understanding of WMD's shows like his understanding of international politics

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-09-20 18:35

      But if you read Patrick/lesego's posts again, it is obvious that he cut and paste these from somewhere, because the quality of language and sentence structure is so beyond his own mental abilities, that he surely does not even understand the posts he made in his own name. Oops, his own name - even that is a fraud.

  • faerrab - 2012-09-19 12:14

    Anthony - West is just as Psycho by supporting the Taliban and Alqaeda Syria and still fighting them in Afghanistan - BTW most of the Talibans are leaving Afghanistan to fight and take over Syria - the West is just psyco than the Taliban as they have killed over a million muslims since 2000 alone

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-09-19 12:19

      You realise everything you mentioned there is not factual at all.

      michael.a.devilliers - 2012-09-19 12:26

      And "fellow" Muslims have killed ten times what the West has killed.

      rick.machiavelli.1 - 2012-09-19 12:30

      Typical muslim response,just make your own facts up as you go along to justify your ideologies. Killed a million,please man.Those fellas telling you that in your mosques are liers.You listen to "holy" men who talk bull

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-19 15:02

      Faerrab, Like a good member of the loony and violent left, you just make up your own stories. All you do, is entertain your radical LOOSERS !!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-09-19 15:25

      Faerrab, while you make up stories to satisfy your own deep hatred and prejudices, innocent Muslims and their families are being killed and maimed by the HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS by the unelected dictators and Jihadists in YOUR midsts. Are you doing anything about this? No, nothing. Instead you;re making up stories that are so obviously wrong to anyone with half a brain.

  • watchman.smith - 2012-09-19 17:32

    President Bashar Assad is a mild Muslim and more a communist. He's already killed thousands of Christians in his own country when he came to power and when he finished them there, he targetted the Christians in Lebanon. He is quite capable of using chemical weapons on his own people and no doubt he'll probably have a go of using them against Israel as well.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-20 07:54

      Patrick, 35 % ????????????????? Suggest you buy a new calculator !!!!!

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