December 4th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

NATO chief echoes warning over Syria chemical weapons

The NATO alliance weighed in on the Syrian crisis Tuesday, warning the Bashar al-Assad regime about using chemical weapons and mulling a Turkish request for Patriot missiles to defend its borders.

NATO's secretary-general echoed warnings from U.S. President Barack Obama that the Syrian government may be toying with the idea of using chemical weapons to crush the 21-month rebellion.

"The Syrian stockpiles of chemical weapons are a matter of great concern," Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters.

"We know that Syria possesses missiles. We know they have chemical weapons and, of course, they also have to be included in our calculations. And this is also the reason why it is a matter of urgency to ensure effective defense and protection of our ally Turkey," he said.

"Let me add to this that the possible use of chemical weapons would be completely unacceptable for the whole international community, and if anybody resorts to these terrible weapons I would expect an immediate reaction from the international community."

The Syrian Foreign Ministry denied that the country has any plans to use chemical weapons, state TV has reported. The government likewise has repeatedly stressed it will not use such weapons, if they exist, against its people under any circumstances.

But U.S. officials say "worrying signs" suggest otherwise.

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  1. saywhat

    News today speak of an attack on school by rebels which killed 29. Also of thousands of outside fighters joining the rebels.
    A situation which is hardly black & white.
    I have no idea how our policy makers and those doddering fuddy duddys up on the Hill get their holy visions of the ground reality from?

    December 4, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AstronautsAroundUs

    I wouldn't take any threat by the NATO chief seriously...

    December 4, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. RhondaKelly07

    December 4, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    Odd. These troubles in Syria have been going on for several months, and just now concern is being voiced about Syrian WMDs.
    If this doesn't remind you of Saddam Hussein committing major atrocities against his own peoples for years and then out-of-the-blue 9/11 Iraqi WMDs became the talk of the town, what can I say? You probably haven't been paying attention.

    December 5, 2012 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  5. Blind Flagwaver

    Pray for the soldiers of whatever country your church is located in.
    If your church is located in both countries at war, simply toss a coin and pray for heads?

    December 5, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. DNA

    DNA analysis shows all humans to be big human family.
    And so every war is a Civil War, Hatfield's vs. McCoy's, North vs. South.
    "The glory of war is all moonshine."- said famous US Civil War General Sherman.
    Semper-Fi !!! ~hiccup~
    God bless are troops. ~belch~
    What happened? (blackout drinker)

    December 5, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Pete

    Take out Assad because he's getting suicidal and using his bombs loaded with saren nerve gas that would kill thousands within seconds..Get in there now with a show of force and end this because its getting out of hand...Use the same tactics as with Kadafi,multiple countries so all are involved that's what the UN is for not just the US as years ago with everyone else watching..We do have weapons of mass destruction not having to use any of our nuclear weapons because we do have the weapon technology with the MOAB and others that'll create just as much destruction without the nuclear fallout and after effects that nuclear weapons bring...More power in a concentrated area and easier to use with conventional bombers ...Just get er done these people need help and we have the weapons and technology to do it!!That'll also show other countries we do mean business!!

    December 5, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |