not all of a sudden, Syria CW capability goes back to the 80's<quoted text>
Whoa man. History!
Must be Dumbya's fault man. Like Whoa, I'm hip two, smert liberwarl.
Funny all of the sudden Syria has WMD...
But of course - you such a smert libewal retard you must have figured out Syria had it's own WMD manufacturing.
Like you err so smert man.
I'm in awe!
Damascus has continued its pursuit of chemical weapons despite the damage to its international reputation and the rising costs of evading international export controls on chemical weapons materials. Since embarking on a CW program in the 1970's, Syria has obtained both chemical agents and CW-capable missiles from foreign suppliers. Currently, Syria's ability to produce CW agents and delivery systems appears to remain heavily dependent on foreign support for materials and expertise. Since 2005, Jane's Defense has reported on alleged Iranian assistance to Syria in upgrading and enhancing its CW production infrastructure. Despite numerous such allegations by Jane's, U.S. government sources have not made similar claims. Information about the exact location of Syria's CW assets, from stockpiles to production sites, remains vague. The ongoing civil war raises questions about the physical security of these sites. Furthermore, many in the international community have become increasingly concerned as the conflict worsens that the Assad regime might choose to use chemical weapons against its own people; U.S. officials have repeatedly warned that doing so would constitute a "red line" requiring some form of American action. As of August 2013, while it appears that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, doubts remain as to which faction was involved in the alleged use incidents.
In 1989, CIA Director William Webster testified that Syria had begun producing CW agents in the early 1980's. In 1983, a U.S. Special National Intelligence Estimate first identified a Syrian CW production facility. By 1986, Seth Carus wrote that in just five years, Syria had obtained CW production technology from Western Europe and had focused its attention on producing nerve agents. Reportedly, unidentified U.S. officials also indicated that Syria could produce sarin, a charge repeated by Shimon Peres. By the end of 1986, Prime Minister Yitzhaq Shamir, Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, and Defense Minister Yitzhak Rabin had all openly stated that Syria was producing nerve agents and delivery systems. By 1990, both media and statements by U.S. officials indicated that Syria had converted several agrochemical factories into sarin production facilities. Reports then appeared alleging that Syria had begun researching the more toxic V-series nerve agents. Throughout the 1990s, reports pointed to continuing work on V-agents but also suggested a lack of success. While the CIA never publicly committed to the view that Syria possessed VX, 721 reports in the 1990s claimed either that Syria "may be trying to develop more potent nerve agents," or that it "apparently tried to develop more toxic and persistent nerve agents