Israeli Expert: Assad May Be Preparing to Take Chemical Weapons with Him in a Retreat from Damascus

(Times of Israel) Mitch Ginsburg - Israeli experts noted Thursday that the movement of Syria's chemical weapons could well be defensive. Assad might be seeking to keep the nerve agents out of the hands of rebels, who are said to be battling near one of his chemical weapons sites, and to ready them for transportation in the event that the president and his clan are forced to flee Damascus. "I see the developments as a card he's holding against a slaughter at the hands of the Sunnis," said Ely Karmon, a senior researcher at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism at the IDC Herzliya.

2012-12-07 00:00:00

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