Syria collecting WMDs, sources say

Click photo to download. Caption: Bashar al-Assad. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to Syria threatened Monday to unleash its chemical and biological weapons if the country faces a foreign attack, a desperate warning from a regime that has failed to crush a powerful and strengthening rebellion. The statement—Syria’s first-ever acknowledgement that the country possesses weapons of mass destruction—suggests President Bashar al-Assad will continue the fight to stay in power, regardless of the cost.

On Tuesday, the rebel Free Syrian Army said that the Syrian government has moved chemical weapons to airports on its borders. “We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons,” a statement from the FSA said, Dow Jones Newswire reported. “We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border.”

The FSA reports that the Syrian “regime began moving its stocks of weapons of mass destruction several months ago...with the goal of putting pressure on the region and the international community,” but that it was impossible to believe that the regime would use its weapons against neighboring Israel.

“The regime that has not fired a single bullet against Israel during the course of three decades is certainly not going to use chemical weapons against that country,” the statement said.

Posted on July 24, 2012 .