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December 21, 2005

Syria has signed a pact for the storage of Ian's nuclear weapons and missiles - Jane's Defense Weekly

Topics: Iran

DEBKAfile is reporting today that Syria is now doing for Iran, what it previously did for Saddam Hussein's WMD.

The "Damascus-Tehran strategic accord" is meant to protect both countries from international pressure over their banned weapons programs. Syria commits to allow Iran to "safely store weapons, sensitive equipment or even hazardous materials on Syrian soil, should Iran need such help in time of crisis" - namely UN sanctions. In January, 2003, DEBKAfile revealed that Syria provided a similar clandestine storage service for Saddam Hussein's WMD.

The pact obliges Syria to continue to supply the Iranian-sponsored Hizballah with weapons, ammunition and communications. Iran has been the Hizballah's leading arms supplier, filling out the 15,000 missiles and rockets the Shiite terrorist group has deployed along the Lebanese-Israeli border.

In January 2004, DEBKAfile reported that Nizar Najoef (more commonly spelled Nizar Nayyouf), a Syrian journalist who had defected from Syria to Western Europe and is known for challenging the Syrian regime, said in a letter on January 5 to the Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf," that he knew the three sites where Iraq's WMD were kept.

Najoef, who won prizes for journalistic integrity, said he wrote his letter because he had terminal cancer, and that he received the information through connections in Syrian intelligence.

On December 15, 2005, Israeli Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon, former chief of staff of the Israeli Defense Force and Israel's top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, told a very similar story that supports Debka's version of Syria's involvement in Sadsam's WMDs:

Saddam Hussein moved his chemical weapons to Syria six weeks before the war started, Israel's top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom says.

The assertion comes as President Bush said yesterday that much of the intelligence on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction was incorrect.

The Israeli officer, Lieutenant General Moshe Yaalon, asserted that Saddam spirited his chemical weapons out of the country on the eve of the war. "He transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria," General Yaalon told The New York Sun over dinner in New York on Tuesday night. "No one went to Syria to find it."

In the context of Syria having likely already done the same for Iraq, there's good reason to believe that Syria would now be doing agreeing to store weapons for Iran.

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The WMD Question
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Posted by Richard at December 21, 2005 6:52 AM



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