As the prolonged crisis in Syria refuses to go away, focus of the world powers, including the United States, is on chemical weapons arsenal of the violence-wracked country. The world powers, especially Israel, fear that the chemical weapons and other lethal material may land in the hands of terrorists and militants if Bashar al-Assad regime falls down. Fresh reports emerging from the volatile country suggest that North Korea and Russia helped Syria build chemical weapons arsenal to be used against Israel in case of war or any major conflict between both the countries.
Intelligence agencies of the United States and Israel have been keeping a close watch on the weapons and updating their respective governments on the status of the lethal equipments stored at different places in the volatile country. A few unnamed US and Middle Eastern officials told the Washington Post that Syria has chemical weapons stored at 20 different places across the country. These weapons have also been stored in underground bunkers to protect them from landing into hands of militants. So far, intelligence officials of US and Israel have expressed their complete satisfaction over the safety and security of the weapons.
According to an estimate, Syria has several tons of chemical weapons and other relevant material. There have been reports in the media that security agencies of United States and Israel are fully prepared to take charge of the chemical weapons stock if Assad's regime falls.
A state of civil war has been going on in the volatile country for the last 18 months, as the tyrant is hell bent on quelling the uprising against his rule by force. Israel fears a worst case scenario if Assad is ousted with the chemical weapons landing in the hands of radical groups including, a Lebanon based terrorist outfit. The Hezbollah is funded and supported by Iran.
US intelligence officials opine that even if terrorists manage to get their hands on the chemical weapons, they would not be able to use them. It requires a complete technical knowledge and hassle to assemble the weapons and load them for proper usage.
There are serious concerns in the international community that Syria may also use the weapons against the rebels and opposition forces to silence them. However, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has dropped no hint of using the chemical and other lethal weapons against the rebels and opposition forces.