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March 14, 2013 8:56 am
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Top Israeli General: Assad Planning to Use Chemical Weapons Against Rebels

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Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. Photo: Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / ABr via Wikimedia Commons.

Israel’s military intelligence chief says Syria’s embattled president, Bashar al-Assad, is preparing to use chemical weapons.

Speaking at a security conference in the coastal town of Herzliya, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi said that Assad is planning to step up an offensive against rebels in the increasingly fractured country.”The regime is trying to survive,” he said, without going into detail about how Israel knows Assad is planning to use the weapons.

Kochavi also told the audience that Syria had become two countries: part of it held by the government, part by Syrian rebel forces. “For example, 11 of the 17 border crossings to Syria are in the hands of the rebels. This means the flow of refugees, weapons flow, and equipment flow are controlled by Jihad forces,” he said according to Israel’s Channel 2.

As for Syria’s two allies in the region, Kochavi believes they have resigned themselves to Assad’s ouster. “Iran and Hezbollah understand Assad’s fate was sealed, so they are preparing for the day after.”

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  • jerry hersch

    There is one scenario in which it could be used..
    Against opposition forces(and/or civilians) to create such brutal retaliation that there is a mass exodus of civilians-an exodus large enough to imbed and give cover to Assad’s forces (including ALL weaponry)on the move.
    Moving a military with the use of a massive human shield may preclude the use of many means of opposition.
    In an age of missles and drones it becomes a political matter to be weighed.

  • jerry hersch

    Josh Rogin in “the Cable” wrote of those nations still assisting Assad.

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/03/15/report_syrian_regime_being_aided_from_12_countries

  • jerry hersch

    In a losing cause I don’t believe Assad will use chemical weapons – the forces against him are very dispersed and act in small units.
    Nor would he relinquish them to Hezbollah.
    The most likely move would be to take them with him to the coast to hold his position there with the threat of their use.
    If Hezbollah can hold Israeli ground forces just two days the Syrian-Lebanese coast will be Assad’s ( and Iran’s)
    His diminished forces would be able to hold the more concentarted coastal area..especilly since Alawites, Hezbollah,and some Christian allies will give him the support he need in that smaller defensive position.

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