WW4 File: Syrian rebels seize army missile base in Damascus, exiled Supreme Military Council admits some missiles can be armed with chemical-biological warheads; France, USA promise military intervention should Assad or opposition employ non-conventional weapons

On Tuesday, the Supreme Military Council of the Free Syrian Army, which is based in NATO member Turkey, released a statement announcing that rebel troops seized control of an army missile base in Damascus, in which 10 ready-to-launch missiles were found. Some of the missiles, the council admitted, had been converted by government forces to carry non-conventional warheads.

Pictured above: FSA rebels in Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, on Tuesday.

“During the successful operation, the operatives of the Free Syrian Army found a large number of rockets ready for launching, with enormous destructive capability, and they were very surprised to find missiles that were converted to carry non-conventional warheads and which can be equipped with chemical or biological warheads,” said the statement, which was translated by Arab affairs expert Dalit Halevi.

The Supreme Military Council, which enjoys diplomatic recognition in the West and financial support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, warned that the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad is preparing to bomb cities in Syria using these missiles. The council suggested that there is a possibility that Assad’s forces will use unconventional warheads in their bid to crush the uprising, which began in March 2011. It also called on the Arab League and the wider international community to “immediately intervene” in order to protect the lives of the Syrian people “before the regime moves to a new level of crimes, which will have tragic consequences for the entire region.”

On Monday, France’s socialist president, Francois Holllande, warned that any use of chemical weapons by Assad’s government would be “sufficient reason” for Western countries to intervene in Syria. Last week, the USA’s socialist president, Barack Hussein Obama, also declared that Assad should heed Washington’s warnings to neither use nor transport chemical or biological weapons.

“We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people,” Obama told reporters at the White House, mentioning Assad by name but also alluding to the Syrian rebels. “We have been very clear to the Assad regime — but also to other players on the ground — that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus; that would change my equation.”

Understandably, Israel has expressed concerns that Assad’s chemical weapons will end up in the hands of the Lebanon-based Hizbullah terrorist organization/political party if the 50-year-old Ba’athist regime falls. In recent weeks, pro- and anti-Syrian factions in Lebanon have traded gunfire as the Syrian conflict spills over the border into the smaller country that Syrian troops occupied until 2005.

Syria’s Arab Socialist Ba’ath regime has admitted it possesses chemical weapons and threatened to use them if attacked by “external forces” but, in order to deter NATO intervention, quickly insisted that Damascus will not use these weapons against rebels.

Recent reports from Syria indicate that Assad’s troops have transferred a battery of advanced missiles to the al-Masna border crossing with Lebanon, which is the central route used to ship equipment and weapons to Hezbollah. The Syrian opposition, which over months of strife has attracted many defecting generals and other high-ranking army officers, has revealed that one of two major chemical arsenals of the Assad regime is located near al-Masna.

In 2010, Syria reportedly transferred control of some Scud missiles to Hezbollah, which apparently operates freely at a base in the Syrian city of Adra, near Damascus. At the time, US Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein warned that Hezbollah had acquired these missiles and improved the weapon’s capabilities.

Meanwhile, the Russian flotilla that entered the Mediterranean Sea some weeks ago, ostensibly to evacuate military personnel from the naval maintenance facility in Tartus, Syria, is maintaining a low profile, no doubt deterred by the large number of NATO warships in the region. Russia’s post-communist navy is not as daunting as its Soviet predecessor, but it is well known that numerous Russian technicians and “advisors” are on the ground in Syria, helping to man Assad’s air defense installations.

Finally, for Bible prophecy enthusiasts, the fulfillment of predictions concerning the destruction of Damascus, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and the beginning of the tribulation period manifestly approaches. Should this become more apparent still, we may post under our long-unused “End Times File” category.

2 responses to “WW4 File: Syrian rebels seize army missile base in Damascus, exiled Supreme Military Council admits some missiles can be armed with chemical-biological warheads; France, USA promise military intervention should Assad or opposition employ non-conventional weapons

  1. mah29001 August 30, 2012 at 12:39 am

    There are anti-Israel propagandists who’d suggest how Israel may “use” nuclear weapons against Iran, I have a hunch they’ll say the same thing with Syria. Just to give you the heads up on who’ll be promoting this brand of libelous propaganda that’d get the rest of the “Arab Spring” states to rally against Israel.

  2. mah29001 August 31, 2012 at 1:52 am

    You know those categories you have like “Communist Cash for Western Businesses”, perhaps you should include an End Times category as well, if you do not have time to blog about it.

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