Syria's Chemical Weapons: Is Disarmament Possible?

(Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies-Bar-Ilan University) Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Dany Shoham - The prospects are doubtful for implementing chemical disarmament in Syria. Appreciable portions of the chemical weapons arsenal have been trans-located, in part untraceably. Moreover, the timetable announced by the U.S. and Russia seems too condensed. Syria possesses a huge chemical warfare alignment, with dozens of multiform facilities and installations. The plausible possibility that Iraqi chemical and biological weapons were added to the Syrian CBW inventory significantly complicates the situation. Moreover, Syria is likely to further develop biological weapons as a powerful alternative to chemical weapons. The writer, an expert on chemical and biological warfare, is a former senior intelligence analyst in the IDF and the Israel Ministry of Defense.

2013-09-25 00:00:00

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