We know Saddam's Iraq had 'em. Remember the gassing of Kurds after the First Gulf War that killed over 300,000 people? Terrible. So where did they all go? The weapons, that is. The Americans never found them, and Saddam hated the Iranians. I mean, where else would they go? Russia?
Here is an old article I found while researching the Syrian chemical program, that started from the Egyptians in 1973. It's by Melanie Phillips in the British Mail Online. Her conclusions are chilling.
Next question: If the Americans and Israelis feel that As'ad is losing his grip on the stockpiles, will they "take them out" or secure them by force? Or, maybe the US will try and convince Turkey to do it because A) they are geographically close and have a huge army, and B) because they'd get to do a whole operation against Kurdish PKK rebels in Syria (who As'ad is now supporting as a terrorist proxy).
Frankly, nobody knows how this will play out. All we can do is stand by . . . and watch:
Melanie Phillips in the British Mail Online:
In October 2003, the US intelligence community publicly pointed for the first time to transfers of WMD from Iraq to Syria. The Director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, James Clapper, said it linked the disappearance of Iraqi WMD with the huge number of Iraqi trucks entering Syria before and during the US invasion; based on satellite imagery, it assessed that these trucks contained missiles and WMD components. Shipments to Syria were supervised by Saddam’s most loyal intelligence agents. Once the shipments were made, these agents would leave and the regular border guards resumed their posts.
Moreover, captured Iraqi documents record that the Russian ‘spetsnaz’ moved many of Saddam’s weapons and related goods, including chemicals used to make chemical weapons plus missile components and MIG jet parts, out of Iraq and into Syria in the weeks before the 2003 invasion.
In 2004 Nizar Najoef, a Syrian journalist who defected from Syria to Europe, claimed he had received information from contacts in Syrian intelligence that: Tunnels dug under al Baida near Hama in northern Syria were an integral part of an underground factory, built by the North Koreans, for producing Syrian Scud missiles. Iraqi chemical weapons and long range missiles were stored there; Vital parts of Iraq’s WMD were stored in the village of Tal Snan, north of Salamija where there was a big Syrian air force camp; Iraqi WMD was also stored in the city of Sjinsjar on Syria’s border with Lebanon.
‘Apparently, then, the prevailing perception of the “failure” to find Iraq’s CBW arsenal ought to be rethought...Strategically, Iraq’s enduring arsenal may affect Syria’s CBW capabilities, provided that the transfer did in fact take place...’
Might some of Basher al Assad’s chemical (and possibly biological) arsenal have Saddam Hussein’s name on it?