Syria may have moved chemical weapons
Syrians search for survivors in the rubble of a building targeted by a missile in Aleppo.
February 13th, 2013
08:51 AM ET

Syria may have moved chemical weapons

By Barbara Starr

The United States and countries near Syria are analyzing intelligence reports that the Syrian regime may have moved some of its chemical weapons inventories in recent weeks, a senior U.S. official told CNN.

The movement could be to consolidate storage because of deteriorating security in the country, the official said. Over the last 10 days, the United States has been trying to ascertain the legitimacy of the reports but has been unable to make any firm conclusions, officials from multiple U.S. government agencies said. None of the officials would agree to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

U.S. officials say they don't know the extent of the movement, whether it's for consolidation or if it signals a move by the regime to potentially use such weapons. They says the U.S. wants to have multiple sources confirm the details before the intelligence analysts come to a firm conclusion.

When the United States and other countries believed the Syrian government was moving chemical weapons for potential use late last year, there were strong public statements from President Obama and other world leaders warning against their use. One senior U.S. official said if the recent movements are confirmed, the Obama administration will make strong public statements again.

There are further concerns for the U.S., which says the Iranian regime appears to be engaged in a two-pronged strategy inside Syria, according to the senior official. Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps is, on the one hand, supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and trying to get him to agree to move to an enclave of his Alawite supporters. But the Iranians are also stepping up their support for militia movements inside Syria, the official said. If the regime falls, the support for the militias will allow Iran to have a way to exert influence, the official explained.

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  15. Pete

    Some of you have to remember where most if these countries got their technology to make these chemical weapons like sarin gas and others ,from good ole USA..And after Reagan got caught back in the "80's selling this chemical,weapons to these dictators he played the alzheimers dumbing down game not remembering what happened and just got his hand slapped..If Pres.Obama or another democratic president did anything like this he'd be publicly chastised and impeached but political reps back then after the Nixon Watergate deal they didn't want two republican presidents in Nixon,Reagan booted from office or they'd never have another republican for president ,just like to throw some facts at ya because facts don't lie,just ignorent republicans do!!

    February 18, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  16. saeed

    they moved it up the authors that wrote this article ass. you irish half breed whoore.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  17. Kevin

    I thought Fox News said the chemical weapons are there.

    February 13, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  18. Alex

    This shows we need the SR-71 or similar aircraft to monitor the area daily. Not hard to overfly Syria daily at 65,000ft.

    February 13, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Reply
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    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    February 13, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  20. Richard

    Hezbollah

    February 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  21. George Patton-2

    Dear Readers,
    I write for left wings, right wings, up wings, down wings, straight wings, crooked wings, thick wings,thin wings, but I remain loyal to al Qaeda. no matter what.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Reply
  22. George Patton-2 on left

    It appears that the left-wing thugs, al Qaeda, in Syria are looking for another excuse to drag into another war in order to make a profit. This just goes on and on and on........!, we are sick and tired of these al Qaeda thugs and can't be trusted these low life terrorists with chemical weapons.

    February 13, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Thank you, Phunnie boy. We can all use a laugh now and then. What you posted above was indeed very "pfunnie"!

      February 13, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  23. Hahahahahahaha

    No problem. Iran has them safely hidden. Hahahahahahaha

    February 13, 2013 at 12:10 pm | Reply
    • CharlieSeattle

      Terrorist shell game version of 3 Card Monte.

      From Iraq under Saddam to Syria. From Syria to Iran.

      Who really has them now?

      lol

      March 9, 2013 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  24. George Patton-2

    It appears that the right-wing thugs in Washington are looking for another excuse to drag into another war in order to make a profit. This just goes on and on and on........!

    February 13, 2013 at 9:44 am | Reply

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