(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Troubling news out of Syria Wednesday evening — as U.S. defense officials tell several media outlets President Bashar al Assad’s regime is prepared to use deadly sarin nerve gas on its own people.

 

The Syrian Civil War has been waged for 20 months now, with 40,000 killed by violence between Assad’s military and rebel forces hoping to oust him from power. NBC News reports this latest development could lead to genocide. [Video: CBS]

 

“U.S. officials tell NBC News, the Syrian military has now preloaded the precursor chemicals for sarin nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of Syrian fighter bombers.”

 

Warning signs that Syria could have chemical weapons popped up Tuesday. President Barack Obama said the use of that gas would be a red line. Al Jazeera has it.

 

“The use of chemical weapons is, and would be, totally unacceptable.”

 

For its part, Syria says it doesn’t have any chemical weapons. Pentagon sources — though they are anonymous — told NBC and Fox News on Wednesday, nerve gas had been loaded onto bombs but was not yet ready for use. [Video: PBS]

 

Sarin nerve gas is made up of two chemicals, which are mixed just before use — and which remain deadly for about 60 days. Fox News says western nations might consider intervening to halt the use of the gas.

 

“This puts the Obama administration in a very difficult position. It puts NATO in a very difficult position. Is there something pre-emptive that it must do?”

 

The best-known use of sarin nerve gas came in 1988, when Iraq’s Saddam Hussein killed up to 5,000 Kurds in his own country in what became known as the Halabja genocide. [Video: YouTube]

 

The reports of chemical weapons activity in Syria come just as NATO agreed to send Patriot missiles to Turkey — positioned on Syria’s northern border. The two nations have exchanged occasional artillery fire, though Syria says it’s only trying to reach rebels near the border.

Pentagon: Syria Loading Nerve Gas into Bombs

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Dec 6, 2012

Pentagon: Syria Loading Nerve Gas into Bombs

(Image source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Troubling news out of Syria Wednesday evening — as U.S. defense officials tell several media outlets President Bashar al Assad’s regime is prepared to use deadly sarin nerve gas on its own people.

 

The Syrian Civil War has been waged for 20 months now, with 40,000 killed by violence between Assad’s military and rebel forces hoping to oust him from power. NBC News reports this latest development could lead to genocide. [Video: CBS]

 

“U.S. officials tell NBC News, the Syrian military has now preloaded the precursor chemicals for sarin nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of Syrian fighter bombers.”

 

Warning signs that Syria could have chemical weapons popped up Tuesday. President Barack Obama said the use of that gas would be a red line. Al Jazeera has it.

 

“The use of chemical weapons is, and would be, totally unacceptable.”

 

For its part, Syria says it doesn’t have any chemical weapons. Pentagon sources — though they are anonymous — told NBC and Fox News on Wednesday, nerve gas had been loaded onto bombs but was not yet ready for use. [Video: PBS]

 

Sarin nerve gas is made up of two chemicals, which are mixed just before use — and which remain deadly for about 60 days. Fox News says western nations might consider intervening to halt the use of the gas.

 

“This puts the Obama administration in a very difficult position. It puts NATO in a very difficult position. Is there something pre-emptive that it must do?”

 

The best-known use of sarin nerve gas came in 1988, when Iraq’s Saddam Hussein killed up to 5,000 Kurds in his own country in what became known as the Halabja genocide. [Video: YouTube]

 

The reports of chemical weapons activity in Syria come just as NATO agreed to send Patriot missiles to Turkey — positioned on Syria’s northern border. The two nations have exchanged occasional artillery fire, though Syria says it’s only trying to reach rebels near the border.

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