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Syria mixes chemical weapons for use in bombs!

December 6, 2012

Syrian forces have mixed chemical weapons and loaded them into bombs in  preparation for possible use on President Bashar Assad’s own people, Fox News  confirms.

A senior U.S. official told Fox News that bombs were loaded with components  of sarin gas, a deadly nerve gas. Syrian forces have 60 days to use these bombs  until the chemical mixture expires and has to be destroyed.

NBC News,  which first reported this latest escalation in the Syrian civil war, cited  sources saying bombs filled with a sarin component have not yet been loaded onto  planes, but the Syrian military is prepared to use these chemical weapons  against civilians pending orders from Assad.

The sarin could be delivered in several ways but is believed to have been  placed in fracturable canisters that can be dropped from planes, according to a  senior US military source.

“We think they have it in aerosol form,” the source told Fox News.

The United States has said chemical weapons use would be unacceptable and  would trigger greater Western intervention in the conflict.

The US military is making contingency plans should Assad leave suddenly.  Various Middle Eastern countries are trying to find a place to give Assad  asylum, according to Middle Eastern diplomatic sources.

In Brussels earlier Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  reiterated concerns that “an increasingly desperate Assad regime might turn to  chemical weapons” or lose control of them to militant groups.

She also said NATO’s decision on Tuesday to send Patriot missiles to Turkey’s  southern border with Syria sends a message that Ankara is backed by its allies.  The missiles are intended only for defensive purposes, she said.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu was quoted Wednesday in the Turkish  newspaper Sabah as saying that Syria has about 700 missiles, some of them  long-range.

Gunmen loyal to opposite sides in Syria’s civil war battled Wednesday in the  streets of the Lebanese city of Tripoli. The fighting has killed six people and  wounded nearly 60 since Monday, security officials said.

The bloodshed is a sign of just how vulnerable Lebanon is to getting sucked  into the Syrian crisis. The countries share a porous border and a complex web of  political and sectarian ties that is easily enflamed.

The Lebanese men killed in Syria were Sunni Muslims, like the majority of  rebels trying to overthrow Assad’s regime. Assad and much of his inner circle  belong to the Alawite sect, which is an offshoot of Shiite Islam.

The fighting in Lebanon comes at a time of deep uncertainty in Syria, with  rebels battling government troops near Assad’s seat of power in Damascus.

Syria has been careful not to confirm it has chemical weapons, while  insisting it would never use such weapons against its own people.

But as the regime wobbles, there are fears the crisis will keep spiraling  outside its borders. Fighting has spilled over into Turkey, Jordan and Israel  since the uprising began more than 20 months ago, but Lebanon is particularly  susceptible.

Seventeen times bigger than Lebanon and four times more populous, Syria has  long had powerful allies there, including the Iran-backed militant group  Hezbollah. For much of the past 30 years, Lebanese have lived under Syrian  military and political domination.

Meanwhile, the unrest inside Syria shows no sign of slowing down.

The uprising began with peaceful protests in March 2011 and later escalated  into a civil war that the opposition says has killed more than 40,000  people.

Besides the violence roiling the capital, Damascus, there was growing  speculation about the fate of a top Syrian spokesman who has become a prominent  face of the regime.

Lebanese security officials have said Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad  Makdissi flew Monday from Beirut to London. But it was not clear whether  Makdissi had defected, quit his post or been forced out. Syria has had no  official comment on Makdissi, who has defended the regime’s crackdown on  dissent.

Fox News’ Justin Fishel and the Associated Press contributed to this  report.

Read more:  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/05/syria-mixes-chemical-weapons-into-bombs/#ixzz2EFJm4CxA

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