Tag Archive for Chemical Weapons

Car bomb kills head of Syria’s chemical weapons research unit

The head of the Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, a facility known as ‘CERS’ and blacklisted by the U.S. for being used for Syrian chemical weapons development, was successfully assassinated in second attempt.

By i24NEWS

 

A Syrian scientist at the head of a research center reportedly linked to arms development and alleged to have been previously struck by Israel was assassinated by a bomb blast Sunday, according to Syrian media.

Aziz Azbar, head of the Scientific Research and Studies Center in Masyaf, also known by its French acronym ‘CERS’, was killed alongside his driver in the attack on Saturday night, Syrian and Lebanese media reported. Continue Reading »

Former Syrian General tells Europeans: Hezbollah has Chemical Weapons

According to General al-Saqit, in Paris he warned European government representatives that, “The Syrian army and the militias supporting it carry out daily attacks on the [civilian] population, which uses chlorine gas. Only yesterday there was such an attack.”

By GIDEON KOUTS / MAARIV

 

Iran is building and testing short- to medium-range missiles armed with chemical warheads in Syria, former Syrian general Zuhair al-Saqit told [The Jerusalem Post‘s sister publication] Maariv. Al-Saqit, who heads the Center for the Detection and Monitoring of the Use of Chemical Weapons in Belgium, also said that Iran’s Lebanon-based proxy Hezbollah is in possession of chemical weapons, mostly handed to it by the Assad regime in order to hide their existence from international monitors. Continue Reading »

Satellite images of alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria show heavily damaged facility

The Israeli company ImagesSat International, released pictures of the Syrian military facility before and after it sustained heavy damage in an airstrike last week, that has been attributed to Israel’s Air Force.

By Lilach Shoval and Israel Hayom Staff

 

Satellite images taken this weekend and published on Sunday have exposed the damage caused by an airstrike, attributed to Israel, on a military facility in northwest Syria.

A statement from the Syrian army said that Thursday’s strike took place near the town of Masyaf, about 25 miles north of the Lebanon border, and warned against the “dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region.”

‘Before & After’ images show the Syrian facility before and after last week’s airstrike – Photo: ImageSat International

“Israeli warplanes at 2:42 a.m. Continue Reading »

After attack on chemical weapons cache, Syria threatens Israel with ‘dangerous consequences’

Following mysterious air-strike on chemical weapons storage center inside a regime military site in western Syria, local and Lebanese news sites reported an air strike on a Syrian “scientific studies and research center.”

By Tal Polon

 

The Syrian army responded this morning in an official statement to the air strike last night on a Syrian military site near the city of Masyaf in the Hamat district in western Syria.

Earlier, Syrian and Lebanese news sites reported an air strike on a Syrian “scientific studies and research center.” The center has been associated with the Syrian regime’s production of chemical weapons. Continue Reading »

Report: ISIS may use chemical weapons in Golan against Israel

 

According to a TV10 report, the Yarmouk Martyrs’ Brigade, identified with ISIS and operates in the southern Syrian Golan, may attempt to test-fire artillery or mortar shells with chemical agents attached.

By i24news

 

Israel’s security apparatus is concerned that an Islamic State branch located on the other side of its border with Syria may have acquired chemical weapons and could be planning to test them, according to a Channel 10 report aired Tuesday evening.


Former IDF Intel Chief Amos Yadlin on the… by i24news-en
The Yarmouk Martyr’s Brigade is identified with IS and operates in the southern Syrian Golan. Continue Reading »

Syrian rebel General: ‘Bibi, help us wipe out Assad’s regime’

 

In an exclusive interview with Israel’s i24news, Syrian general-turned-rebel claims Assad didn’t declare his entire WMD arsenal.

By i24news

 

 

In an exclusive interview with i24news, Syrian rebel general Adnan Sello revealed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad did not declare all the chemical weapons in his possession.

Général rebelle syrien Adnan Sello, – Photo: i24news

Sello served for 40 years under Presidents Hafez al-Assad and his son Bashar al-Assad, and was the head of the chemical unit of the Syrian army until he retired on Sept. 5, 2008. He then joined the rebel forces fighting to unseat Assad.

 

‘There were chemical weapons in Iraq in 2002’

Sello addressed the issue of Syrian-held chemical weapons and claimed to know the location of every cache. Continue Reading »

British Experts Warn of Al Qaeda Chemical Weapons Threat

Experts in the UK warn of “grave danger” to global security over Syrian bio-weapons proliferation.

The British experts say Al Qaeda may already possess lethal WMDs.

By Ari Soffer

 

As international attention in Syria focuses on efforts to dismantle the Assad regime’s chemical weapons stockpile, British experts are warning of another, potentially more lethal threat.

Illustration: WMD antiterrorism drill – Reuters

Experts from the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) have issued a stark warning over what they say is the “clear and present danger” of Al Qaeda gaining possession of the Assad regime’s stockpile of biological weapons, claiming to have substantial evidence that Al Qaeda-linked groups may already have possession of toxic agents. Continue Reading »

Saudi Report: Hezbollah received chemical weapons from Assad

 

The Saudi newspaper Al Watan quotes a Lebanese parliament member as saying that under Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ supervision and despite int’l agreement to surrender its chemical weapons, the Syrian regime has delivered to Hezbollah long-range missiles capable of carrying chemical warheads.

By Israel Hayom Staff

 

As Syria prepared to surrender its chemical weapons in compliance with international efforts, the Saudi newspaper Al Watan quoted a Lebanese parliamentarian on Sunday as saying that Syrian President Bashar Assad has already transferred large stores of chemical weapons to his ally, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

Nazi Scientists Aided Arabs Produce Chemical & Biological Weapons

According to an Egyptian journalist in a televised interview, Nazi scientists assisted the Arab countries produce chemical & biological weapons.

By Elad Benari

 

Nazi scientists helped Arab countries produce chemical weapons, according to a prominent Egyptian journalist.

Hezbollah members rally in Beirut

Hezbollah members rally with Nazi Salute in Beirut – Photo: Reuters

The journalist, Mohamed Hassanein Heikal, made the comments in an interview which aired on September 19, 2013. The comments were translated and posted to the internet by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

“In the 1950s and 1960s, attempts to end the nuclear arms race began. Countries that already had nuclear arms decided to make do with what they had, and all the other countries, which found it too difficult to join the nuclear arms race, believed that the production of chemical and biological weapons was the poor man’s way to deter the nuclear countries. Continue Reading »

Assad: No need for chemical weapons,”We can blind Israel in an instant”

Al-Akhbar, a Hezbollah newspaper reported Assad saying he no longer needs chemical weapons to deter Israel.

By YASSER OKBI, THE POST CORRESPONDENT

 

 

“We now possess deterrent weapons that are more important and more sophisticated than chemical weapons,” Syrian President Bashar Assad told visitors to his palace in Damascus on Thursday.

Syrian President Bashar Assad gives an interview to Venezuelan state TV TeleSUR, Sept. 26. 2013.

Syrian President Bashar Assad gives an interview to Venezuelan state TV TeleSUR, Sept. 26. 2013. – Photo: REUTERS/SANA/Handout

He emphasized that he had no need for chemical weapons.

According to the report, which was carried by Hezbollah’s paper Al-Akhbar, Assad said this was because the situation in Syria “has never been better,” as “we created chemical weapons in the ’80s as a deterrent against Israel’s nuclear arsenal.

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Moscow reports it has proof rebels behind Damascus chemical attack

New York Times reports the UN investigation indicated Assad’s elite forces were behind the sarin attack that left more than 1,400 people dead.

By , DPA and Reuters

 

A senior Russian official Wednesday said that Syria had handed over new evidence showing that rebels had used chemical weapons in a deadly attack near Damascus last month.

Members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside

Members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. – Photo: AP

 

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said details provided by the Syrian government would bolster claims supported by Moscow that President Bashar Assad was not responsible for the August 21 attack, which the United States says killed more than 1,400 people. Continue Reading »

Saudi Daily Reports: Hezbollah Successfully Smuggled Chemical Weapons to Lebanon

A leading Saudi newspaper reports that Syria has successfully smuggled some of the regime’s chemical weapons to the Hezbollah.

By Adam Ross

 

President Bashar Al-Assad has smuggled part of his chemical weapons arsenal to Hezbollah in a bid to evade international inspection, the Saudi newspaper Al Watan reported Monday.

Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah – AFP photo

The report quoted Syrian National Coalition member Kamal al-Labwani as claiming that: “The Syrian regime has transferred some of its chemical weapons arsenal to its ally Hezbollah aboard trucks used to transport vegetables.”

The article published Monday, also included a claim that the Assad regime had covertly moved significant parts of its chemical weapons aboard Russian ships docked along the Syrian coastline. Continue Reading »

Kerry heading to Jerusalem for update with Netanyahu on Syria deal

US Sec. of St. Kerry currently in Geneva for talks with Russian FM Sergei Lavrov over a plan to remove Syria’s chemical weapons & avert U.S. military action.

John Kerry will meet with PM Netanyahu & Abbas on Sunday.

 

 

 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive in Israel on Sunday, and he will update Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on developments in securing a deal for Syria to hand over its chemical weapons.

Kerry Lavrov

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva to discuss a plan to disarm Syria’s nuclear arsenal.

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UN debates resolution for dismantling Syrian chemical arms

Russia’s Security Council proposal would put Syria’s chemical weapons under int’l control & end the Washington-Moscow stalemate over Damascus’ deadly  poison gas attack on August 21.

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Beirut – A French official says tense negotiations have begun on a proposed United Nations resolution that would put Syria‘s chemical weapons under international control and end a diplomatic stalemate over a deadly August 21 poison gas attack.

Demonstrating in support of U.S. strike on Syria.

Syrian-Americans rallying in favor of proposed U.S. military action outside U.S. Capitol in Washington. – Photo: Reuters

The official close to the French president, who spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations remained sensitive, said Russia objected not only to making the resolution militarily enforceable, but also to blaming chemical attack on the Syrian government and demanding that those responsible be taken before an international criminal court.

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China supports Russian plan placing Syria’s chemical weapons under int’l control

 

China announces support for Russian plan, so France is drafting a UN resolution for Syrian chemical weapons to be place under international control.

By REUTERS

 

 
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said France would propose a United Nations Security Council resolution setting out conditions for Syria to place its chemical weapons under international control and accept that they will be dismantled, a plan that could avert planned US military strikes in response to the country’s suspected use of its arsenal on civilians.
Syrian civilians take part in a candlelight vigil in solidarity with Syrian civilians killed.

Syrian civilians take part in a candlelight vigil in solidarity with Syrian civilians killed. – Photo: REUTERS

US President Barack Obama has argued that Syrian President Bashar Assad, fighting to continue his family’s four-decade rule, apparently used chemical weapons against its own population in an attack on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21.

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