December 3rd, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Syria combining chemicals used to make deadly sarin gas, U.S. official says

Syrian forces began combining chemicals that would be used to make deadly sarin gas for use in weapons to attack rebel and civilian populations, a U.S. official tells CNN.

The news was first reported on Wired's Danger Room blog and confirmed to CNN by the U.S. official.

The U.S. obtained intelligence over the past weekend indicating this concerning development, according to the official who had direct knowledge of the latest information. The intelligence, the official said, came from multiple sources but declined to provide any more specifics about how the U.S. learned the information.

The sarin gas, the source said, could most readily be used to fill artillery shells.

CNN reported on Sunday that U.S. intelligence is concerned about the Syrian government's intent regarding its vast chemical weapons stockpiles after what one senior U.S. official described as "worrying signs" of activity in "the last few days."  The revelation that the Assad regime is mixing chemicals underscores why the rising concern.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as soon as we get it.

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  1. Benn

    I sure hope we aren't getting involved in another conflict – or more than we already are.

    December 3, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    That just slays me when they see someone in plain view in charge of the execution of innocent people (genocide), and they coin this word "intel" or "intelligence". They got it alright. Intelligence. Millions are spent for it. They have rebels and innocents that aren't benefiting one thin dime, AND THEY KNOW WHATS HAPPENING! All this information, not being used for one G D thing!

    December 3, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    I totally agree with you JF, and much as i dont want to go into another war, something HAS TO BE DONE about that crazy Assad. Some good sniper action maybe.

    December 3, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    when syria drops their first sarin...the international community drops theirs...maybe self preservation is a better deterrent...

    December 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    We are already involved. News of CIA arming the rebels have been there for sometime.
    We also knew about Saddam using chemicals weapons in his war with Iran but then he was a friend.We had supplied those weapons to him which later found their way into Syria.
    good afternoon @chrissy
    saw your post on another thread. don't give up just yet like @banasy. We surely miss her

    December 3, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the prophet

    These are Russians Mafia

    December 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. saywhat

    An array of horrors .
    Nuclear weapons, nuclear tipped artillery shells, cluster bombs, land mines, mustard gas, napalm, sarin other chemical, biological weapons. And god knows what else besides 'conventional' weapons.. Is there a scourge left for man to design & use to kill and maim in most horrible of ways ?

    December 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    await moderation is what I'm supposed to do now.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. the prophet

    read the book about state wars u will understands

    December 3, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    Good evening to you @ saywhat. And also @ Rascal and @ Prophet. There is no understanding greedy control freaks.

    December 3, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James Fortson

    Well u can't count Obama to do anything about the matter he is just gonna kick back and sit on his hands just like he is doin with iran nuclear program let's just wait to see what happens before we act. after the dangerous gas has been mixed and ready to deploy then we can send our troops and let them face the toxic gas blow the chemical plant to hell before its to late and might as well send a few towards irans back door as well:)

    December 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Benn

    I still think we need to consider peace. It's time for us to leave other countries alone. Let them sort it out themselves. If it's that bad then let France step up and help them.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Fortson

      There are very few problems that can't b solved with violence either by threat or by action and afterwards u can have ur peace

      December 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    lol @ Rascal, hows it going? And @ benn that would be the ideal world wouldnt it? Unfortunately....well you know, i dont gotta say it! What i dont understand is why NO ONE is stepping up? 40,000 syrian citizens dead already.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    This is true James, but Al-Assad hasnt changed much with it and neither have the rebels.

    December 3, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • James Fortson

      To much chaos over there if they had the slightest bit of organization they would conquer the regime organization would go further than just arming them putting a gun in there hands is dangerous training them to use that gun is deadly thats what the Green berets r for half a dozen can train and mobilize an army In a few short weeks and that could b done without putting our boys on the front lines and also done covertly so we could at least appear to stay out of the fight

      December 3, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    EXACTLY @ James! It doesnt mean we need to go in and take over the country, just stabalize the situation and your right covert operation!

    December 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
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