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TextJuly 25, 2012 – ISRAEL – IDF chief medical officer Gen. Itzik Kreis on Tuesday ordered the Yoav base in the Golan Heights quarantined after several soldiers fell ill with a bacterial infection. Arutz Sheva has learned many soldiers at the base, including soldiers working in the kitchens, complained of itching all over their bodies. As a result, the base has been sealed and a full sanitization effort is underway. All equipment, personal belongings, textile goods, and even personnel files are being removed in order to be cleansed. Arutz Sheva further learned that all mattresses on the base were removed and will be replaced. Hazmat teams are spraying and disinfecting structures, vehicles, and grounds, as well. Meanwhile, IDF medical personnel are screening soldiers and isolating those affected to ensure the infection does not spread. The IDF spokesperson’s office has thus far declined to comment on the exact nature and full extent of the infection. –INN
TextIt now appears that all of my statements regarding the lack of factual evidence behind the chemical weapons accusations are now null and void. However, I believe we must also consider the reasons why the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would lie about possession of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). The Assad government could very well be putting out the threat because they are scrambling in fear over the prospect of being attacked by outside forces. If they actually do have chemical weapons, however, and are willing to use them, the threat was not only miscalculated but potentially disastrous for their few remaining allies like Russia and China.
TextThe terrorist group known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has reportedly begun preparing to “secure” Assad’s chemical weapons, even going as far as to create a special unit for the task. “We have a group just to deal with chemical weapons. They are already trained to secure sites,” said Adnan Silou to the Telegraph.