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Obama Cautions Syria on WMD Usage
Any attempt by the Syrian government to employ or strategically field biological or chemical weapons would cross a "red line" that could lead the United States to change its posture on dealing with the Assad regime's attempt to remain in power, Reuters quoted President Obama as saying on Monday.
"A red line for us is (if) we see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around, or being utilized. That would change my calculus," Obama, who affirmed that he "at this point" had not directed the U.S. armed forces to become involved in the escalating Syrian conflict, said to reporters.
Syria is believed to hold hundreds of tons of chemical warfare materials that could be delivered by rockets, missiles and other munitions. The government in July suggested it was prepared to use biological or chemical weapons against foreign aggressors, but subsequently sought to walk back from confirming it held such armaments.
Oct. 31, 2013
This CNS issue brief examines the lessons learned from dismantling Libya and Iraq's chemical weapons programs and what these two cases presage for disarmament in Syria. In particular, this article explores the challenges relating to ensuring material and physical security for both inspectors and the chemical weapons stockpile itself; verifying the accuracy and completeness of disclosed inventories; and developing effective monitoring and verification regimes for the long-term. The conclusion examines recommendations stemming from this analysis.
This article provides an overview of Syria's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.