Defected Syrian General says 'Assad will use chemical weapons'

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 11, 2012 07:32 hrs

A top former general in Syria's chemical weapons program says he doesn't doubt for a moment that President Bashar al-Assad will deploy his chemical weapons arsenal as he tries to crush the uprising aimed at overthrowing his regime.

"The regime started to fall and deteriorate. It's coming to its end," said retired Major General Adnan Sillou.

"It's highly possible that he'll start using [chemical weapons] to kill his own people because this regime is a killer," he added.

Sillou listed mustard gas along with the sarin, VX and tabun nerve agents as the main elements in Syria's chemical arsenal, whose existence Syria doesn't even acknowledge, ABC News reports.

According to the report, Sillou, until September 2008, was chief of staff on the defensive side of the chemical weapons program.

Sillou accused Assad's forces of already spraying pesticides and dropping white phosphorous, claims also made by opposition activists, the report said.

"They're idiots, crazy. Simply they are killers," the report quoted him, as saying. (ANI)

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