Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order
The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday.
The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said.
As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded inside the bombs.
Sarin is an extraordinarily lethal agent. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's forces killed 5,000 Kurds with a single sarin attack on Halabja in 1988.
U.S., allies look to expedite Syria transition planning amid rapid rebel gains
“It is bloody and long,” the French official said of the 20-month-old uprising. “But my feeling is there has been an acceleration of dynamics in the last few weeks, an erosion of the regime while the morale of the activists is higher and higher. I believe it is now possible the regime will fall soon,. Whether that is weeks or months, I don’t know.”
The growth of extremist factions within the rebel ranks has increased the urgency of developing a political alternative to match opposition military gains, according to the French official and others, all of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing diplomatic talks.
“This is a real concern for the United States, for France and for the Syrians themselves,” the French official said. “The quicker the fall of the regime and the stronger the political alternative, the more you empower it . . . the more likely that Syrians themselves will be able to resist radicalization.”
Pretty much inevitable to some extent, and better than no one being able to fight back or defend themselves.Weapons Sent to Libyan Rebels With U.S. Approval Fell Into Islamist Hands
The Obama administration secretly gave its blessing to arms shipments to Libyan rebels from Qatar last year, but American officials later grew alarmed as evidence grew that Qatar was turning some of the weapons over to Islamic militants, according to United States officials and foreign diplomats.
No evidence has emerged linking the weapons provided by the Qataris during the uprising against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi to the attack that killed four Americans at the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, in September.
But in the months before, the Obama administration clearly was worried about the consequences of its hidden hand in helping arm Libyan militants, concerns that have not previously been reported. The weapons and money from Qatar strengthened militant groups in Libya, allowing them to become a destabilizing force since the fall of the Qaddafi government.
The experience in Libya has taken on new urgency as the administration considers whether to play a direct role in arming rebels in Syria, where weapons are flowing in from other countries.
The Obama administration did not initially raise objections when Qatar began shipping arms to opposition groups in Syria, even if it did not offer encouragement, according to current and former administration officials. But they said the United States has growing concerns that, just as in Libya, the Qataris are equipping some of the wrong militants.
A lot of weapons in "wrong hands" come from Syria itself or from private funding/suppliers.
Not to mention the explosives that they make on their own.
That isn't to say that more can't be done to lessen the problem though
Chinese artist joins Syrian Mujahideen
Chen Weiming, a Chinese artist who took part in the protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989, has joined the Syrian Mujahideen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Eqxh...ature=youtu.be
dr osama has been released,details murky w/regards 2 who took him & why...its the emerging dark underbelly of the revolution
old city of aleppo that i remember being filled w/intoxicating smells of spices now stench of filth & cordite
streets of old city in aleppo that bustled with people down winding alleyways now maze of ever shifting frontlines & sniper alleys
one FSA unit we saw in aleppo old city was recording names&car plates&only allowing those who have shops/homes through 2 prevent robberies
Number up due 2 shelling w/ 469 x'd 2 safety of Jo despite torrential rain, ankle deep mud. Refugees arriving cold, wet & hungry.
11:39 PM Dec 4
4 tired boys sharing 1 blanket after fleeing 2 jo. 100's of children x each nite. We heard artillery 2nite in syria. pic.twitter.com/AFm2vBnV
Exhausted but safe, the latest arrival to jo. Just back from the border where we saw several hundred more cross. pic.twitter.com/tp9oAYW3
.Clashes at military airport in Managh, Aleppo now.
The US administration has said for months that chemical weapons are a "red line". If it's crossed, how will we respond?
http://www.extremeskins.com/showthre...=1#post9046975The Local Coordination Committees in Syria
As Wednesday drew to a close, the LCC was able to document 107 martyrs in Syria, including 8 women and 6 children. 45 martyrs were reported in Damascus and its suburbs; 20 in Aleppo; 22 in Idlib; 8 in Daraa; 4 in Raqqa; 3 in Lattakia; 3 in Deir Ezzor; and 2 in Homs
41,578 people killed so far in Syria