20 trucks with Syrian chemical equipment said sent to Iraq

Although this event is unconfirmed, this is also what Saddam Hussein did with his WMDs shortly before the second invasion of Iraq, with help from the Russians. If confirmed to be so, some of these could even be the old Iraqi WMDs. The US State Department had previously warned Iraq about this possibly happening in February of 2012 (see fourth link).

For further information on the Iraqi WMDs and Syria WMD related items, see these following links:

Iran, Russia advise Assad to transfer chemical stockpile to Tehran – to avert US attack

FLASHBACK: UN inspectors: Saddam shipped out WMD to Syria before war and after

How Did Syria Acquire Massive Stockpiles of WMD?

Exclusive: State Department quietly warning region on Syrian WMDs

Extra piece on the danger of loose WMDs: The Path to 9/11 and Beyond

Unconfirmed report in Lebanese newspaper echoes claims by Syrian rebels that Assad is hiding his WMD stocks to evade inspectors

Twenty trucks laden with equipment used in the manufacture of chemical weapons were driven across the border from Syria into Iraq on Thursday and Friday, the Lebanese newspaper Al-Mustaqbal reported on Sunday.

The trucks were “heavily protected” by security forces, and were not inspected by border guards, the paper reported, adding that its sources confirmed the illicit cargo.

Sunday’s report came amid ongoing claims by the leader of the Free Syrian Army, Salim Idriss, that Assad was busy hiding his chemical weapons so that, when UN inspectors arrive to record and ultimately oversee the destruction of his stockpiles, a sizable amount of his WMD stocks will not be affected.

In interviews over the weekend, Idriss insisted his group had accurate information that Assad was sending some chemical weapons to Lebanon and Iraq, and more to “dozens of sites” across Syria to torpedo any attempt at international inspection and destruction of the stockpiles, as mandated by Saturday’s US-Russia agreement.

CNN report on Thursday also quoted Idriss claiming that the Syrian government had begun moving its chemical weapons stockpiles to Lebanon and Iraq.

The Wall Street Journal last week also cited “American and Middle Eastern officials” as saying that the Syrian military unit running Assad’s chemical weapons program was scattering the regime’s stockpiles to as many as 50 sites across the country to confound American efforts to track them.

“The movements of chemical weapons by Syria’s elite Unit 450 could complicate any US bombing campaign in Syria over its alleged chemical attacks,” the paper wrote, citing officials. “It also raises questions about implementation of a Russian proposal that calls for the regime to surrender control of its stockpile.”

According to US officials, American and Israeli officials are confident that they can still identify the locations of Assad’s chemical weapons sites, “but with less confidence than six months ago,” the paper wrote.

According to a report in Saudi Arabia’s al-Watan newspaper, Syrian National Coalition member Kamal al-Labwani said the rebels obtained documents and testimony from a defector from one of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons research centers that indicate Assad transferred roughly one metric ton of VX nerve gas to its ally, Hezbollah.

Western intelligence estimates that the Assad regime possesses roughly 1,000 metric tons of chemical and biological weapons.

Full article: 20 trucks with Syrian chemical equipment said sent to Iraq (The Times of Israel)

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