December 19, 2012

A Chilling Account of Syria's Chemical Arsenal

David Ignatius, Washington Post

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Reports from inside two Syrian chemical weapons facilities offer some chilling new evidence that President Bashar al-Assad's regime developed special vehicles last year for moving and mixing the weapons -- and an unconfirmed allegation that Lebanese allies of the regime, presumably in Hezbollah, may have been trained 11 months ago in the weapons' use. A Syrian source provided a detailed account in a telephone conversation over the weekend, drawing on intelligence provided to him by a Syrian defector who worked inside the chemical weapons network. The source was speaking from an Arab country outside Syria where he has taken refuge. The conversation was arranged by the Syrian Support Group, an organization in Washington that speaks for moderate elements of the opposition Free Syrian...

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