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Report: Syria Moves Stockpiles Of Chemical Weapons To Its Borders With Neighbouring Countries

By Gabe Kahn, INN – “Syria’s rebels late Monday charged the regime has moved its chemical weapon stockpiles to airports and airbases on its borders with neighboring countries.

‘We in the joint command of the Free Syrian Army inside the country know very well the locations and positions of these weapons,’ Syria’s largest rebel group said in a statement.

‘We also reveal that Assad has transferred some of these weapons and equipment for mixing chemical components to airports on the border,’ it added.

The move comes just one day after the embattled regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad warned it could use unconventional weapons if attacked by “an outside force.”

Analysts say, if true, that moving the weapons is likely a bid by Damascus to pressure the international community, which is at loggerheads over whether to intervene in 16-months of slaughter in Syria.

Western powers and their Gulf Arab allies have called for an end to Assad’s reign, and pressed for comprehensive international sanctions or even direct intervention.

Russia, with billions of dollars at risk should Assad fall, and China, a major consumer of Syrian oil, have shielded Damascus on three separate occasions at the UN Security Council.

‘According to our information, the 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,’ the FSA said.

The rebel group, comrpised of over 30,000 Syrian army defectors commanded by dissident officers who fled to neighboring Turkey, has also reportedly formed its own special unit to secure Damascus’ chemical weapons stores.

The United States on Monday issued a sharp warning to Damascus that it should not think even ‘one iota’ about using chemical weapons.” Read more.

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