By Barbara Starr
Syria continues to move its chemical weapons after making a public declaration that they exist.
A U.S. official with access to the latest intelligence tells CNN that Bashar al-Assad’s regime “is actively moving its stockpiles in the last 24 hours.”
The official says the latest intelligence information shows there is movement at additional sites beyond what the United States had observed in the past two weeks.
“It’s continuous but still unclear what they are really doing,” the official said.
Syria submitted an "initial disclosure" of its chemical weapons program, a spokesman for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Friday.
It’s part of a diplomatic effort to eventually turn those stockpiles over to international control.
While Syria previously moved chemical stockpiles around apparently to avoid the risk of them falling into the hands of rebels, the motivation is not clear this time.
The question is, as CNN reported on Thursday, whether the movement is part of an effort to account for the stockpiles to the United Nations or hide it.
At this point, the United States has no reason to believe the weapons are not secure. But as CNN previously reported, there is also disagreement within the intelligence community about whether the United States knows the location of the entire stockpile.