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    That other mysterious 2007 explosion in Syria

    That other mysterious 2007 explosion in Syria

    Not the destruction in September 2007 of the nuke facility likely being built with the help of the Norks.

    Via Jerusalem Post, a story I had not heard before, Syria’s chemical weapons program has been focus of Israeli intelligence operations since the mid-1970s.

    It was July 2007 and in Aleppo, Syria, the muezzins were just starting to issue the early-morning call for prayers. It was a different Syria at the time – Bashar Assad’s rule appeared stable and was not threatened by rebels. Barely anyone knew that not far from the city, Assad was building a nuclear reactor that would be destroyed a few months later in a lightning Israeli airstrike.

    But then the city was rocked by an explosion. Looking out their windows, residents could see smoke rising from a military base located on the outskirts of the ancient city.

    The damage was isolated to a single building, one that very few people – even those who served in the base – knew the purpose of.

    Fifteen people were reported killed and several dozen more were rushed to the Aleppo University Hospital nearby with severe burns all over their bodies. Later, some residents would hear rumors about a number of Iranians being among the wounded and yelling out in Farsi as they were treated for their wounds.

    The Syrians immediately blocked off the base and prevented the media from reaching the scene. They also tried to destroy any evidence of the work that was taking place inside.

    The problem with the Syrian claim was that the explosion took place at 4:30 a.m., almost two hours before sunrise, when cool breezes were still coming in over the hilltops from the Mediterranean Sea some 150 kilometers away.

    A few months would pass before the real nature of the explosion was to be revealed.

    Apparently, the base everyone in Aleppo thought was an old arms dump was really one of the most secretive installations in Syria’s chemical weapons program. The nondescript building that was destroyed in the blast had been a sophisticated laboratory used to manufacture non-conventional warheads with VX, Sarin and mustard gas.

    More at the link, including details about what will happen to the chemical weapons if Assad falls.

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    GrumpyOne | June 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    There is an increasing risk of losing weapons of mass destruction to terrorists as unstable governments fall.

    The recent leaks from the White House makes combating these risks even more difficult.

    The biggest of these risks is Pakistan and I fear that this administration does not have a viable “plan B” at the ready.

    Fearsome times indeed…


     
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    BannedbytheGuardian | June 15, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Israeli media makes stuff up all the time.Explosions do occur in military bases because military bases have loads of explosives.

    The idea that after such an explosion the media would be allowed in to investigate is ridiculous.

    The idea that anyone that is not high security ( & that means Syrian style ) would get near the site is ridiculous. In this case destroying the evidence would involve extreme & hazardous measures .

    The Syrian military is not some 3rd world outfit. They would have Medical Response team on site. They would OWN the local hospital .

    Not saying it did not happen but the write -up is stupid.


     
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    Ragspierre | June 15, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Ooooopsi…

    Something went boom. What an awful shame.

    Just one of those accidents that happen all the time.

    At 4:30 am. Amid Farsi-speakers. In Syria.

    Heh.


     
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    Voluble | June 15, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    Obama is too busy seeing to it that the terrorists in Libya have enough anti-aircraft missiles to worry about making sure the terrorists in Syria are properly armed. He will get around to that in his second term.


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