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Western countries believe that Damascus has the world largest remaining stockpile of undeclared chemical buy canada goose jacket cheap weapons including canada goose coats mustard canada goose coats on sale gas and the deadly VX nerve agent which Assad maintains as a counterbalance to Israel undeclared nuclear arsenal.

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canada goose arsenal, based on reports, is quite alarming, Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said canada goose coats in an interview with Reuters.

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buy canada goose jacket In canada goose uk black friday Washington, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described Syria stockpile as a major source of concern for the United States, which he said had prepared contingency plans with regional partners.

canada goose clearance sale The main threat, Dempsey told the House Armed Services Committee last month, is Syria or the potential proliferation of chemical and biological weapons that uk canada goose is to say weapons of mass destruction.

buy canada goose jacket cheap GRAVE CONCERNS canada goose store Because it has not signed the chemical weapons ban treaty and the United Nations has not intervened, Syria is under no international obligation to declare its chemical weapons, give them up or allow inspectors to monitor them.

is a very odd silence in the corridors of the OPCW about Syria, even though several individual countries have expressed grave concerns, said an OPCW official.

canada goose deals silence doesn mean there is a lack of concern. It is definitely the 800 pound canada goose uk shop gorilla in the room, he said. is the overriding source of concern for chemical weapons in the world right now. Security Council, where officials said the issue has not been raised. Secretary General Ban Ki moon. They with concern the reports on the possible existence of chemical weapons, but took no further action.

cheap Canada Goose Uzumcu said his teams Canada Goose Jackets could deploy within 12 hours for an inspection were they given an order by the United Nations.

canada goose coats Syria has joined the 1925 Geneva canada goose uk outlet Protocol, which prohibits first use of chemical or biological weapons, but does not mention production, storage or transfer of them.

The OPCW, the Hague based organization founded to oversee a ban on the production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons, has 188 member nations, but has struggled to bring on board countries in the Middle East, where poison gas has been used repeatedly since the 1960s.

Egypt deployed phosgene and mustard gas against Yemeni royalist forces in the mid 1960s. It has not reported the destruction of chemical agents or weapons to the OPCW.

canadian goose jacket Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein killed thousands of Iranians and Iraqi Kurds in more than a dozen poison gas attacks during the Iran Iraq war in the 1980s. In canada goose factory sale March 1988 Iraq dropped canisters of Tabun, Sarin, VX and mustard gas, killing 5,000 villagers in the Kurdish town of Halabja. and British suspicion that Saddam still possessed chemical and biological weapons despite being ordered by the Security Council to give them up became the justification for the 2003 invasion to topple him.

canada goose clearance After the invasion no banned weapons canada goose clearance were found, seriously damaging the credibility of Washington, London and their intelligence agencies.

Libya, which developed a chemical weapons program under the late leader Muammar Gaddafi, is set to resume destroying tonnes cheap canada goose uk of ageing mustard gas later this year with the help of the OPCW.

Canada Goose Jackets NIGHTMARE SCENARIO A weakened Assad could have difficulty keeping weapons out of the hands of others, and a desperate Assad might be more inclined to use them or give them to allies.

canada goose coats on sale most dangerous possibility is that unrest in Syria degrades the state capability to maintain security to the point where not all the chemical weapons stockpiles are secure, said Ayham Kamel, Middle East analyst at consultancy Eurasia Group. nightmare scenario is that they fall into the hands of al Qaeda.

could try to break the regional balance of power by supplying Hizbollah with an arsenal that could threaten Western interests, Kamel said.

If the conflict crosses borders, Assad conventional cheap Canada Goose forces are not as powerful as those of Israel or NATO ally Turkey, there is a need to use asymmetrical warfare, and chemical weapons could be used, Kamel added.

Canada Goose sale Israel, which canada goose black friday sale fought four wars with Syria since 1948, feels most threatened. Israel premier think tank, canada goose clearance sale the Institute for National Security Studies, reassessed the risk in Canada Goose Parka a review of the regional security implications of Spring Canada Goose online uprisings.

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