Report: Syria Preparing Chemical Weapons
Assad orders military to be ready to use sarin, says NBC
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2012 6:41 PM CST
In this Sept. 23, 2012, photo, a Syrian army jet is seen after attacking a residential area near the Dar al Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria.   (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

(Newser) – Syria's Bashar al-Assad is edging closer to using chemical weapons against his own people, reports NBC News. It quotes US officials as saying that Syria's military has begun loading the necessary components for sarin gas into bombs. The good news is that the bombs have not been loaded onto planes, and it's possible Assad will keep it that way. For now, he's ordered the military only to "be prepared" to use the poison gas, say intelligence officials.

Concern about the chemical stockpile has grown this week as developments on the ground worsen for Assad. President Obama issued a warning on Monday, and Hillary Clinton reiterated it today, reports the New York Times. "Our concerns are that an increasingly desperate Assad regime might turn to chemical weapons or might lose control of them," she said at NATO headquarters in Brussels. She added that a political transition must start "as soon as possible." The US still hasn't formally recognized the Syrian opposition, but that could happen as early as next week when Clinton meets its leaders in Morocco.

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Dec 6, 2012 7:27 PM CST
Are these US officials that say chemicals are being loaded into bombs, the same that told bush/cheney/rove that iraq has wmd's? Or are these guys a seperate group of liars?
Dec 6, 2012 8:32 AM CST
ASSAD do like the US did to Japan, and use your weapons of mass destruction. --- WHY on earth do you posses them, if you're not going to use them? --- Assad, your fate is sealed, and the US will assassinate you and your family like they did Qaddafi, so before you go, take as many of your enemies with you. --- Turn their cities into graveyards. --- TELL the world, "don't mess with the little guys, they can still bite" ------ REALLY
Dec 6, 2012 6:47 AM CST
So their Civil War may actually become a Revolutionary War.. If the Dictatorship of the government doesn’t turn it around.. Sounds Like USA News of the 1860's.. Or even from 1776 (England still considers it a civil war) Revolution could be in our future again..