September 20, 2007

Iran-Syria Producing WMD....Badly

A report in the Jerusalem Post cites the highly regarded Janes Defence Weekly as its source:

Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane's Defence Weekly report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.

According to the report, cited by Channel 10, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a Scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas.

(via Hugh Hewitt)

UPDATE 9/20: The (London) Times Online has a few more detais to follow up the original Janes Defence Weekly report of a deadly WMD explosion:

The report said that the explosion sent out a cloud of chemical and nerve gases, including the deadly VX and Sarin agents as well as mustard gas, across the facility in the northern city of Aleppo. The claims could not be verified independently by sources in London and the United States.

The official Syrian news agency, Sana, reported that 15 Syrian military personnel were killed and 50 others injured in an accident involving “very explosive products” on July 26. It made no mention of Iranian officers also being killed in the blast, which it said was not an act of sabotage.

Jane’s claimed that the engineers were trying to weaponise a Syrian-made Scud missile with a range of about 300 miles (480km) when the explosion occurred. The Syrians and Iranians are thought to have been working closely together on developing a more effective chemical warhead for the Scud ballistic missile system.

Google News searches produce very few hits of major U.S. news organizations publishing the story. One exception is this NY Post article, but meanwhile, Columbia University plans to welcome the President of the outlaw Iranian regime into their midst as a "World Leader."

Wonderful.

Posted by dan at September 20, 2007 8:58 PM