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IDF sources say Syria testing missiles to show international community what Assad regime is capable of.
A Syrian army test of cutting- edge missiles on Saturday was aimed at showing the international community what the beleaguered Assad regime is capable of, Israeli military sources said Sunday.
Saturday’s test in northeastern Syria included Scud B missiles fired towards the Iraqi border. The Russian-made Scud B has a range of 300 km. some policymakers to consider more drastic measures to stem the bloodshed.
Originally posted by Aloysius the Gaul
While no missile is triviaol, Scud-B is old, old technology - not cutting edge.
IDF sources said the show of strength, broadcast live on Syrian TV, was not necessarily intended to intimidate Israel, but rather any Western powers contemplating military intervention in Syria.
Western countries have been reluctant to speak openly about a Libya-style intervention in Syria, but the mounting death toll has led some policymakers to consider more drastic measures to stem the bloodshed.
Originally posted by ludwigvonmises003
reply to post by concernedcitizen519
People are supportive of Assad with exception of Deraa,Homs etc. They are warning Israel and Turkey of mass biological and chemical attacks if invaded.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
The only way to be ``effective`` with these kind of weapons is to use on civilians... but if Syria does that, they'll get nuked.edit on 4-12-2011 by Vitchilo because: (no reason given)
A March 17, 2002, Sunday Times of London article on Saddam's alleged illicit weapons was based on a 3,000-page transcript of the preliminary INC debriefing of al Haideri. The article also reported claims in a videotaped interview made by unnamed Iraqi opposition officials with a second defector that Saddam had mobile biological warfare laboratories disguised as milk and yogurt trucks. Such vehicles have yet to be found.
"A former CIA director who advocated war against Saddam Hussein helped arrange the debriefing of an Iraqi defector who falsely claimed that Iraq had biological-warfare laboratories disguised as yogurt and milk trucks. R. James Woolsey's role as a go-between was detailed in a classified Defense Department report chronicling how the defector's assertion came to be included in the Bush administration's case for war even after the defector was determined to be a fabricator... Woolsey provided a direct pipeline to the government for Harith's information that bypassed the CIA, which for years had been highly distrustful of the exile group that produced Harith... The [mobile biological-weapons] allegation was one of the most dramatic made by Bush, Cheney, [and] Powell... [Woolsey] is close to the Iraqi National Congress, the former emigre group led by Ahmad Chalabi, whom U.S. intelligence agencies now suspect of passing highly classified U.S. secrets to Iran." He is also a PNAC member.