Syrian opposition may attack Israel with chemical weapons, Asad tells Russian TV

The USG Open Source Center translates an article from Russia’s Rossiya 24 TV containing quotes from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad alleging that Syrian rebels might surreptitiously use poison gas against Israel and blame it on the regime in order to provoke an American attack on Syria’s government. This is not a plausible theory.

Syrian opposition may attack Israel with chemical weapons, Asad tells Russian TV
Rossiya 24 TV
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Document Type: OSC Summary

Syrian opposition may attack Israel with chemical weapons, Asad tells Russian TV

Syrian President Bashar Al-Asad has told Russian TV it is possible that Syrian opposition forces may launch a chemical attack on Israel from an area controlled by government troops in order to provoke a US attack on Syria. He also repeated his assertion that some unnamed foreign countries were supplying opposition forces with “chemicals”.

In a recorded interview broadcast on state-owned Russian news channel Rossiya 24 on 12 September, the interviewer asked: “The Russian media reported recently that militants from the (Syrian) armed opposition may be preparing a provocation, they may use chemical weapons against Israel, and do it from a territory controlled by the Syrian Arab Army. Do you, as Syrian supreme commander-in-chief, possess this information? It is, after all, very dangerous.”

Asad’s reply was translated into Russian as follows: “Since it has been confirmed that chemicals have already been supplied by the armed groups (as heard; probably should be “to the armed groups”), and they have been used against our soldiers in Syria and against civilians, this means that these substances are there. On the other hand, we all know that these terrorist gangs and those who control them are trying to provoke a US attack. Before that, they tried to involve Israel in the Syrian crisis.

“It is absolutely possible that this information is correct and (the chemicals are to be) used for the purposes mentioned earlier.

“When there is a regional war, chaos increases, and when chaos increases, it is only natural that the territory becomes more open to terrorists gangs and they can inflict more losses and damage.

“These threats are a real challenge, because terrorists have chemicals, and there are countries which give them these chemicals.”

(Description of Source: Moscow Rossiya 24 TV in Russian — State-owned, 24-hour news channel (formerly known as Vesti TV) launched in 2006 by the All-Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), which also owns Rossiya TV and Radio Rossii)

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  1. Alláh-u-Abhá, Juan…! Now why would you dismiss Assad’s warning as ‘inplausible’…?

    Are you aware that the Rebels have rejected the plan categorically…? Syrian rebels reject deal to strip regime of chemical weapons

    …The plan “would serve Israel, not the Syrian people,” Col. Abdel-Jabbar al-Oqaidi, a commander in the Free Syrian Army, said in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV on Tuesday.

    The rebels are upset that the world only began to mobilize for action after chemical weapons were used, and not because an estimated 100,000 were killed in the civil war, overwhelmingly by conventional weapons.

    “All of this shouting in the international community is because of the chemical weapons and not because of Assad’s atrocities against his people using tanks and rocket launchers,” Oqaidi said. He rejected any political solution before President Bashar Assad leaves power.

    In a sign of rising frustration within the opposition, Oqaidi complained that its political leadership was not coordinating with the military rebel leadership in the country. The political leaders “represent the countries that nominated them, not the Syrian people,” he said.

  2. “Syria has accumulated since the 1980s a stockpile of approximately 1,000 tons of chemical weapons, stored in some 50 different cities, mostly located in the northern part of the country close to the Turkish border,” according to the Israeli based Centre for Counter Terrorism. Yet it is not plausible any of these sites have been captured.

    Thousands of Syrian soldiers have defected – yet it is not plausible even one of these defectors has been trained in launching CW strikes.

    There are stocks of poison gas in Libya, the remains of Gaddafi’s stockpile. Yet it is not plausible munitions have been smuggled in with other arms shipments. Nor is it plausible that Iraqi veterans from the war from Iran with experience in launching gas attacks have found their way to Syria.

    A small Japanese sect made and released sarin – yet it is not plausible any of the Syrian opposition forces have the same ability. Nor is it plausible one of the Opposition groups are sufficiently ruthless to carry out such an attack and drag the US into attcking their bitter enemies.

  3. What a mess…..likely now that Putin has stuck his neck out for Assad,there will be no more chemical attacks,…the rebels have their hands full fighting asads forces,they won’t attack Israel,makes no sense,they need America’s help…Israel is helping them with the badly wounded…now the war will take on a even more deadly course,.the Sunni states will push men and weapons into the fray..the shites in Iran and hezbaoallah will meet force with more force,and the people will suffer..maybe,hopefully..Putin and Obama can put together some sort of truce,which will be needed to take hold of the chemicals…and that truce can lead to some sort of a peace arrangement saving Assad and his people,yet allowing for a new gov.

    • While we’re wishing…maybe the elimination of Syria’s chemical weapons will provide some impetus for Israel and Egypt to sign the Convention and come clean.

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