With civil war raging, Syria, a state sponsor of terror, has attacked its own people with chemical weapons and attempted to skirt international sanctions. The United States, the EU, Russia and the U.N. must identify the full extent of the threat and eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons capacity. Syria’s Centre D'Etudes et de Recherches Scientifiques (CERS), the Scientific Studies and Research Center, is reportedly at the heart of Syria’s efforts to produce and disseminate weapons of mass destruction.
As a direct result of work by CERS, Syria possesses the region’s largest CBW capability, estimated at over 1,000 metric tons. Government agencies on both sides of the Atlantic suspect, however, that there might be yet more.Avi Jorisch
Syria is the second country in the Middle East to deploy chemical weapons against its people. Iraq was the first, using mustard gas, tabun and sarin in the 1980s and killing an estimated 40,000 Iraqi Kurds and Iranians. The U.N. has presented “clear and convincing evidence” that on August 21 of this year, sarin used in Syria killed more than 1,400 people, including 400 children. Most of the international community believes the government is behind the attack.