The Battle for Syria
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|Zach Pontz||December 10th 2012|
Londonâ€™s Sunday Times is reporting that Israeli special forces are operating within Syria in an effort to track the Syrian regimeâ€™s stocks of chemical and biological weapons. The operation is part of a secret war to track Syriaâ€™s non-conventional armaments and sabotage their development according to the Times. â€œFor years weâ€™ve known the exact location of Syriaâ€™s chemical and biological munitions,â€ an Israeli source said, according to The Sunday Times. â€œBut in the past week weâ€™ve got signs that munitions have been moved to new locations.â€
Several world leaders have warned Syria in recent days that the use of biological and chemical weapons would be a red line and would prompt a military response from the international community. Syria has designated biological weapons as part of its conventional arsenal, suggesting it wouldnâ€™t hesitate to use them against its citizens or any other entity it deems a threat. According to the Sunday Times article, Jill Bellamy-van Aalst, a former bio-defence consultant to NATO, said: â€œItâ€™s just another type of weapon for the regime and they may not make the moral distinctions we do.â€
On Saturday Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi told the UN that no chemical weapons would be used by the government but that â€œterrorist groups may resort to using chemical weapons against the Syrian peopleâ€¦ after having gained control of a toxic chlorine factoryâ€ east of Aleppo.
Zach Pontz writes for Algemeiner, from where this article was adapted.