Friday, May 03, 2013

3-May-13: Quote of the week: "We've lost track of lots of this [Syria's chemical weapons] stuff"

Animal carcasses lie on ground after what residents, Syrian rebels and
Assad regime all said was chemical weapon attack
in Khan al-Assal, near Aleppo, March 23, 2013
[Image Source: George Ourfalian/Reuters]
From Where Are Syria's Chemical Weapons?, Eli Lake, The Daily Beast, May 2, 2013
The Syrian military has transferred more and more of its stock of sarin and mustard gas from storage sites to trucks where they are being moved around the country. "We've lost track of lots of this stuff," one U.S. official said. "We just don't know where a lot of it is." In addition, two U.S. officials said intelligence from late last year indicates that the Syrian Scientific Research Center - an entity responsible for Syria's chemical-weapons stockpile - has begun to train irregular militias loyal to Syrian President Assad in how to use the chemical munitions. The intelligence community had launched an ambitious plan to communicate directly with the mid-level Syrian officers in charge of chemical weapons to dissuade these officers from launching a chemical attack. 
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