Assad’s chemical stockpile ‘has reached similar levels to Israel’s nuclear weapons,’ defected Syrian general says

Major-General Adnan Sillu, who was reportedly participating in “top-level” talks about the use of chemical weapons on civilians and insurgents, told Al Arabiya that the Syrian government had stashed chemical weapons in various cities, specifically in Homs and Aleppo.

“Syria’s chemical arsenal has reached similar levels to Israel’s nuclear weapons,” he said in an interview to the Saudi-owned website.

Sillu, who was reportedly charged with overseeing Syria’s chemical weapons training program, in June warned that the central storage sites for sarin and mustard gas could easily be captured by rebel forces, despite being guarded by thousands of Syrian Army troops.

“Probably anyone from the Free Syrian Army or any Islamic extremist group could take them over,” he was quoted as saying.

The Syrian government has been careful to never actually confirm it possesses chemical weapons.

Full article: Assad’s chemical stockpile ‘has reached similar levels to Israel’s nuclear weapons,’ defected Syrian general says (The Times of Israel)

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