British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK and the US have seen evidence that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons.
Mr Hague told the BBC there was “enough evidence to know that they need a warning”.
The foreign secretary did not give details, as he said the evidence had come from “intelligence sources”.
BREAKING | US INTELLIGENCE ON ASSAD WILLING TO USE CHEMICAL WEAPONS CAME FROM JIHAD MAKDISSI, WHO IS NOW IN WASHINGTON DC, MY SOURCE SAYS.
Speaking to journalists covering the 8th IISS Regional Security Summit currently being held in Manama, Bahrain, British Foreign Secretary William Hague stated that the United Kingdom “hasn’t ruled out any options on Syria in the future,” indicating that there are “contingency plans” ready should the Assad Regime resort to using chemical weapons.
When asked by Al Arabiya regarding what level of intervention the U.K is considering in case chemical weapons are used in Syria, the British Foreign Secretary said that his country and others have “contingency plans” as he refrained from discussing details of what these plans entail.
When asked if intervention would be considered in case of deployment (of the chemical weapons)or only upon using them, Hague responded by saying that there are ‘many different scenarios’ when it comes to using chemical weapons, but that it would be ‘too simplistic’ to identify a ‘single red line.’
(CNN) — Emboldened rebels fighting to hasten the fall of Syria’s government set their sights on the capital, Damascus, as diplomats went into high gear amid concerns about chemical weapons.
“Our country will be free, we have no one but God,” protesters rallying against President Bashar al-Assad chanted Friday in Douma, outside the capital. “The glad tidings are coming.”
The fight for control of Damascus is being waged largely in its suburbs, where rebel forces say the casualty count has increased in recent days. And so has talk of a turning point in Syria’s 21-month civil war.
FSA “jihadists” say that they won’t end in Syria, they will spread out eventually to Palestine, Spain, Britain.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Saturday said that there is evidence that the Syrian government could use its chemical weapons stocks in its conflict with rebels fighting to oust it.
“We are extremely concerned about the stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons, and we are also concerned about evidence during the last couple of weeks that the regime could use them,” Hague told reporters in Manama on the sidelines of a regional security conference.
He said Britain had joined with the United States in delivering a strong message to President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
“We have contingency plans concerning chemical weapons but will not disclose them,” he added.
The West must prepare for Syria’s endgame
The rebels’ capture of airfields and military bases has speeded up the collapse of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime