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Syrian WMD Missiles Relocated: What is Assad's Next Move?

Updated on July 14, 2012

Syria's President Assad has ordered his stockpiles of dangerous chemical weapons moved out of storage. Some missiles seem to have already been armed. Syrian fired test missiles during their recent war games staged further inland from the current fighting. The war games themselves may seem to be odd, but it is muscle flexing and meant to send a message that Syria has real power to demolish the rebel controlled areas by sending a few missiles with WMD.

The American and NATO's point of view is that Assad is only moving them out of harm's way, to make secure they are secure from rebels and terrorists. The British view is that Assad is planning to use them to take out the growing rebel fighters located in Homs, Latakia and Aleppo. What if Turkey, Israel and Jordan were to come under Syrian missile assault?

If used, the missiles would be most likely used to take out the rebel groups. What would the West do? Anything? So, far. the West has refrained.

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      Bob 4 years ago

      I think it's a bluff to dissuade foreign intervention. Use of WMDs by Assad against anyone will not benefit the regime and will likely lead to military action. Even China and Russia would have to pull their support.

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      Bob 4 years ago

      Also your question of "What if Turkey, Israel and Jordan were to come under Syrian missile assault?" has a pretty clear answer.

      Turkey- NATO's Article 5 would be immediately invoked. There would be an all out assault on Syria. I think it would remain conventional, but would be an absolutely devastating attack. They would have to make sure other countries of the world, such as N. Korea, would be too scared to ever use their WMDs.

      Israel- Damascus gets nuked. No doubt in my mind.

      Jordan- Unlikely they would be attacked. If they were there would be international condemnation and I think the west would step in.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      I can see them using the weapons on rebel concentrations and the West doing little. So far, Russia has not sided with the West, I can still see this after their use. They would claim it still is an"internal" problem.

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      Marco 4 years ago

      Assad is going to get a massive cornholing if he keeps it up.

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      perrya 4 years ago

      No doubt.

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