Iran may gain access to Syrian chemical weapons, Israeli source says

By Arie Egozi

Iran is replacing Russia in Syria and that brings up a major concern – the Syrian chemical weapons stockpile. Israeli sources said that the chemical weapons in the hands of Iran and its proxies may lead to terror attacks using this deadly weapon.

“Iran is galloping to the bomb and now may have direct access to chemical weapons,” an Israeli source said.

Israel has said again and again that Syria has not destroyed its stockpile of deadly chemical weapons. In 2014 the U.S praised the “completion of the mission” of clearing the chemical weapons from Syria but according to Israeli sources that was another American naivety.

Now with Iran’s enhanced presence in Syria, Israeli experts point to the possibility the Teheran will try to put its hands on the Syrian stockpile of the chemical weapons

Syria agreed to give up its chemical arsenal when former American president Barack Obama threatened missile strikes in retaliation for a chemical attack on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus, believed to have killed more than 1,000 people. Assad’s government had denied involvement in the attack, blaming the rebels.

The weapons, tons of them, were destroyed aboard the U.S. cargo vessel MV Cape Ray in international waters.

But doubts shadow the Assad regime’s statements. The main one is whether Assad is hiding undeclared poison gases.

An Israeli source said that Syria has not given up even a small portion of its chemical weapons.

“Assad ordered to keep a stockpile of these chemicals weapons in different sites in Syria”.




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