Syria “fires Scud-type missiles at rebels”..*sigh..Syria’s chemical weapons ready to use “at a moment’s notice”
Forces loyal to the Syrian government have fired “Scud-type missiles” at rebels, media have quoted US officials as saying.
A number of short-range, unguided ballistic missiles had been launched, US and Nato officials said.
The US state department would not confirm the type but said missiles had been deployed. It said Syria was resorting to “more vicious weapons”.
Separately, a series of blasts has hit the Syrian capital Damascus.
A US official quoted by Reuters and Associated Press confirmed the use of Scud-type missiles.
AP quoted the official as saying that more than half a dozen missiles were fired from the Damascus area into northern Syria. There was no indication any chemical weapons had been used, the official said.
Reuters also quoted a Nato official in Brussels as saying: “Allied intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets have detected the launch of a number of unguided, short-range ballistic missiles inside Syria this week. The trajectory and distance travelled indicate they were Scud-type missiles.”
US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said she was not going to comment on “the intelligence of precise missiles” but confirmed that “in recent days we have seen missiles deployed”.
She added that the US had also seen a “napalm-like” bomb that was “completely indiscriminate”.
Ms Nuland said: “As the regime becomes more and more desperate, we see it resorting to increased lethality and more vicious weapons moving forward.”
White House spokesman Jay Carney said if the Scud reports were true “this would be the latest desperate act from a regime that has shown utter disregard for innocent life, utter disregard for the lives of its own citizens”.
Syria’s chemical weapons could be used at “a moment’s notice” and the international community should not accept any assurances from Syrian officials that they will not be used, U.S. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers said on Wednesday.
U.S. and other Western officials recently issued sharp warnings to Syrian President Bashar Assad not to deploy chemical weapons. Syria called those warnings a “pretext for intervention” in the civil war.
Rogers, a Republican, told Reuters in an interview that the Syrian government’s activities related to chemical weapons were a shift in posture and a major concern.
“I believe that they have put elements of their chemical weapons program in a condition of which they could be used at a moment’s notice, which is very different from before,” Rogers said.
Syria on Saturday reaffirmed that it will not use chemical weapons, if it possesses any, whatever the circumstances as it is defending its people against terrorism supported by known countries, citing the USA on top.
“The U.S. administration has consistently worked over the past year to launch a campaign of allegations on the possibility that Syria could use chemical weapons during the current crisis,” said the Ministry.
It reiterated Syria’s openly repeated stress through the diplomatic frameworks that it “will not use chemical weapons, if it possesses any, whatever the circumstances because it is defending its people against terrorism supported by known countries, above all is the USA.”
scuds bring back the iraq memories..events changing nearly every hour in syria..US shills still pushing the chemical weapons meme..russia now thinks assad is in trouble..i am still surprised with all his firepower that he cant overrun the rebels..and what is happening to the towns that have been “liberated”..whats going on in there now?