Find Secret Bases: Syrian Civil War
Near the capitol of Damascus, the New York Times today reports that Syria, for the first time, has used SCUD missiles against it’s own people.
What, exactly, are the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities that President Bashar al-Assad can use in Syria’s horrific civil war conflict?
Around Damascus and Beyond
Syria has one of the most sophisticated missile defense systems of any country in the world.
Damascus is ringed with protective missile sites. Unfortunately, those missiles can be directed within Syria as easily as they can be for defense. That is the problem.
Most of Syria’s Damascus defensive missile sites, at least 5 this author knows of, are star configured SAM sites. That isn’t to say SCUDs couldn’t be fired from them. They could. However, SCUDs are longer range missiles unnecessary for short-range civil war.
SCUD missiles, intended for external enemies like Israel, can and maybe already are being fired by Assad from anywhere within the country against his own people.
Syria has far more missile batteries than just those around Damascus.
Syrian SCUD Weapons
Syria appears to be thumbing its nose at Israel with two signs – in English – mostly visible to spy satellites near the Hamah SCUD factory.
Today, Syria relies exclusively on chemical weapons.
Its two biggest chemical weapons factories are in Al Safir and Qattinah north of Damascus.
Syria may be the world’s largest chemical weapons producer.
President Bashar al-Assad has plenty of weapons and the means to deliver them against rebels in different ways. One way is with SCUDs. There are others.
The question for the rest of the world is how many of them it is prepared to allow?