Breaking news – syrian rebels hold chemical factory

Earlier today was this:

Sources close to the French Defense Ministry reported Friday, Dec. 7, that a Western-Arab military intervention against the Assad regime is due to begin shortly with the participation of the US, France, Britain, Turkey, Jordan and other anti-Assad Arab nations. The reference is to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar’s special forces.

Military sources add that the French aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle carrying a complement of marines is deployed in the Mediterranean, having joined the USS Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group and at least five British warships which are also carrying a large marine force.

In the second and third weeks of November, British and French naval forces, plus 2,600 special ops combatants from both nations, performed landing-and-capture exercises against fortified locations on the coast and mountains of Albania as practice for potential operations against similar terrain in Syria, where the Alawite Mountains loom over the coastal towns of Latakia and Tartus.

The troops landing there would head for the Alawite Mts. to prevent Assad and his loyal units from retreating to his mountain stronghold and fighting on from there – as he plans to do if he is forced to flee Damascus.

French sources told Le Point magazine that the NATO mission for Syria, including the UK and the US, would be modeled on the Western intervention in Libya in 2011. It would combine an aerial blitz with ground action by special forces for destroying Assad’s chemical weapons stocks, his air force and his air defense systems.

… and now this update:

The danger that Syrian ruler Bashar Assad will now resort to chemical warfare shot up Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, after the rebels captured the “chloride factory” at Al Safira east of Aleppo.

This is a codename for the Syrian army’s biggest chemical weapons store and base, which also houses Syrian Scud D missiles armed with chemical warheads adjusted to fire at Israel. Assad’s warning to the rebels not to fight with chemical weapons is taken as a means of justifying his own resort to chemical weapons and brought this threat closer than ever before. The West, Israel and Syria’s other neighbors have gone on elevated preparedness.

The fall of Al Safira into rebel hands crosses a red line and places the Assad regime in direct peril. Possession of the chemical-tipped Scuds gives the rebels their strongest weapon for forcing the Syria army to capitulate.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague said earlier Saturday that the UK and the US have seen evidence that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons. There was enough evidence from intelligence sources to know “that they need a warning,” he said at a security conference in Bahrain. “The President of the United Sates warned of serious consequences and he meant it,” said the British minister.

British intelligence sources told the BBC that Syria’s chemical weapons are concentrated at five air bases and are being closely watched. They said contingency plans have been drawn up if they show signs of being readied to be loaded and used as weapons.



8 comments for “Breaking news – syrian rebels hold chemical factory

  1. ivan
    December 8, 2012 at 20:16

    In that case the west had better lookout for WMD descending on their countries. Just the sort of thing the Muslim Brotherhood have been looking for.

  2. December 9, 2012 at 00:49

    O/T Sorry…

    Have you forgotten it is Christmas time?

    I always enjoy your festive posts 🙂

  3. December 9, 2012 at 01:37

    I made a comment at Orphans of Liberty. It is a bit complicated and confusing doing double posts (as you know I am easily confused). And for once I disagree with the Cherry Pie. Festiveness, Festivity and all Festivosity should be strongly discouraged at this time (unless to celebrate the Winter Solstice, of course 🙂 And in that regard I find myself in strange agreement with the very few real Christians that I have encountered, who are repelled by the booze and mince pies and tacky tat, greed, gluttony and drunkenness surrounding them when they try to reflect on something they regard as rather sacred. As for me… I just don’t like being told to enjoy myself. Anyway, my real comment is at Orphans of Liberty

  4. December 9, 2012 at 01:58

    DQ – I think on this one we agree on many levels 😉


  5. December 9, 2012 at 02:15

    I’m all for helping the Syrian people rid themselves of Basher Assad and his gang but the Ark Royal and a few Harriers would have been handy.
    Perhaps, given these new circumstances we might contribute a few decontamination units from Porton Down.
    incidentally JH, I’m unable to comment on OoL, something to do with cookies perhaps?

  6. Amfortas
    December 9, 2012 at 12:18

    I see no compelling reason to help anyone in Syria. It is their country and their business. Their Government is par for the course on Arab Street and their populations are all completely nuts. Let them fight it out themselves. Should it be necessary to step in after for any reasonable reason to do with our own safely then there will be fewer of the buggers to deal with.

  7. December 9, 2012 at 13:20

    Ok, people, not a lot for me to add here.

  8. Chuckles
    December 9, 2012 at 13:57

    Other than bad journalism and narrative, what is a ‘chemical factory’?

    And wot Amfortas sed.

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