It appears as if the prolonged uprising in Syria is taking new turns. To face the worst, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is getting ready to take on foreign troops in case they step in the territory. It is an open secret that Syria is equipped with lethal chemical weapons that tyrant may use against his enemies within the country and outside. It is dangerous development, indeed. The world powers including the United States have been keeping a close vigil on developments in Syria and especially the stockpile of chemical and other lethal weapons, the country hosts at different secret places.
The German weekly Der Spiegel has claimed in one of the latest reports that Syria tested chemical weapons delivery system at the end of August. The report also quoted some eyewitnesses to prove the point. It also denotes the exact place where these tests were carried out and that is al-Safir near to a research center. The tests were carried out by Iranian officers who were flown to the country for the purpose. Al-Safir is one of the largest research centers in Syria where it is believed that Iranian and North Korean scientists are working on different projects.
A month back, the United States and its allies had had secret talks on how to secure weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) in Syria after fall of President Bashar al-Assad. Different options surfaced during the negotiations and different countries had also come up with different approaches on the issue. The United States said that thousands of troops would be required to secure the chemical and biological weapons as it is a gigantic task. The secret talks over chemical and biological weapons of Syria discuss the worst case scenario that could demand a full support from the international community to avoid any damage to environment and human health.
The world powers suspect that terrorists linked to different outfits may get their hand on the sensitive installations shortly after fall of the regime. The option of aerial bombing of such installations also came under discussion but was rejected, saying the aerial bombing will not be able to destroy all the sensitive installations and lethal weapons. It is believed that in case of aerial bombing a new catastrophe can emerge in the shape of spread of radioactive rays. Intelligence officials of the United States, Israel and other Western countries have been keeping a close eye on chemical weapons’ arsenal and plans are also afoot to secure the lethal weapons if the situation in the volatile country spins further out of control.
According to the United Nations report, more than 27,000 people have been killed so far by the security forces loyal to the regime but even then there appears to be no solution of easing out dictator.