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Posted: 12/20/2005 10:17:09 AM EDT
www.worldtribune.com/worldtribune/05/front2453724.9659722224.html

Report: Syria agrees to hide Iran nukes

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

LONDON — Syria has signed a pledge to store Iranian nuclear weapons and missiles.

The London-based Jane's Defence Weekly reported that Iran and Syria signed a strategic accord meant to protect either country from international pressure regarding their weapons programs. The magazine, citing diplomatic sources, said Syria agreed to store Iranian materials and weapons should Teheran come under United Nations sanctions.

Iran also pledged to grant haven to any Syrian intelligence officer indicted by the UN or Lebanon. Five Syrian officers have been questioned by the UN regarding the Hariri assassination, Middle East Newsline reported.

"The sensitive chapter in the accord includes Syria's commitment to allow Iran to safely store weapons, sensitive equipment or even hazardous materials on Syrian soil should Iran need such help in a time of crisis," Jane's said.

The accord also obligated Syria to continue to supply the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah with weapons, ammunition and communications. Iran has been the leading weapons supplier to Hizbullah, with about 15,000 missiles and rockets along the Israeli-Lebanese border.

The accord, negotiations of which began in 2004, was signed on Nov. 14 and meant to prepare for economic sanctions imposed on either Iran or Syria. Under the accord, Jane's said, Iran would relay financial aid to Syria in an effort to ease Western sanctions in wake of the UN determination that Damascus was responsible for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Iran also pledged to supply a range of military aid to Syria. Jane's cited technology for weapons of mass destruction as well as conventional arms, ammunition and training of Syrian military.

Teheran would seek to upgrade Syrian ballistic missiles and chemical weapons systems. Under the accord, Iran would also be prepared to operate "advanced weapon systems in Syria during a military confrontation." Jane's said.

"The new strategic accord is based on the existing military MoUs, with the addition of the sensitive chapter dealing with cooperation in times of international sanctions or military conflict," Jane's reported.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:19:41 AM EDT
Syria: for all your WMD storage needs.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:20:46 AM EDT
"Re-targeting Sir!"
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:21:26 AM EDT
Hey, they're admitting to sheltering WMD program. Start the tanks boys! Time to roll west towards the Med.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:21:39 AM EDT
This just in, Israel signs a pledge to turn Syria into a glass parking lot
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:24:33 AM EDT
Syria and Iran vs the UN.

Odds are the UN will again prove itself to be spineless and ineffective.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:26:49 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Brohawk:
Syria and Iran vs the UN.

Odds are the UN will again prove itself to be spineless and ineffective.



my monies on syria and iran.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:28:42 AM EDT
Gee, ya think that all the "non-existant" Iraqi WMDs might be in Syria?????? DUH!
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 10:31:29 AM EDT

Originally Posted By fight4yourrights:
"Re-targeting Sir!"



Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:22:41 PM EDT
How they going to get them there? Would be terrible if the MAFIA (not that there is anything like the MAFIA) hijacked the trucks thinking they werre smuggled tax-free cigarettes?
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:24:44 PM EDT

Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Gee, ya think that all the "non-existant" Iraqi WMDs might be in Syria?????? DUH!



do those countries border Iraq?
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:28:56 PM EDT
Closer target for Israel.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:32:19 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/20/2005 8:55:32 PM EDT by llanero]
That wouldn't be a very smart move at all. Rolling over Syria's butt would be infinitely easier than invading Iran.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:46:11 PM EDT
Too bad GWB will not do a damn thing about it.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:51:38 PM EDT
Damn. Syria is going to have to start evicting some of it's people to make room for all the WMDs if they keep this up.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:51:44 PM EDT
Not shocking, especially when considering all those semi trucks rolling from Iraq to syria before we invaded.
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 8:58:10 PM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
Syria: for all your WMD storage needs.



My thoughts exactly. First Iraq's chem/bio, now Iran's nukes...

Nice to become the region's leading arms holder with no out-of-pocket of your own...
Link Posted: 12/20/2005 9:03:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By tweeter:

Originally Posted By LARRYG:
Gee, ya think that all the "non-existant" Iraqi WMDs might be in Syria?????? DUH!



do those countries border Iraq?



yes

Link Posted: 12/21/2005 10:55:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2005 10:59:38 AM EDT by tweeter]
= rhetorical.

i've been to the syrian and turkish borders.
my comment was to point out the obvious conclusion that any country in the area not friendly to the U.S. would be more than happy to welcome any sort of weapon across it's border from Iraq.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 11:00:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/21/2005 11:02:31 AM EDT by wildearp]

Originally Posted By CZ75_9MM:
Closer target for Israel.



.......and they are ready to show some love!

You can SEE Damascus from the Golan Heights. (I have).
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 11:03:00 AM EDT
Why cant we just bomb all the nuclear facilities. Fuck the UN.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 11:03:39 AM EDT

Originally Posted By raven:
Syria: for all your WMD storage needs.


+1!
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 11:15:54 AM EDT
Looks like I found where to store my WMDs.
If they did it for Iraq and Iran.....
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 11:22:18 AM EDT

Originally Posted By zer04evr:
Why cant we just bomb all the nuclear facilities. Fuck the UN.



lots of anti aircraft weapons, and they did a better job of protecting the facility this time, I think we could but its not as easy as people think.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 12:12:54 PM EDT
Let the Israeli's start on one side, we'll start from the other and meet in the middle
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 12:25:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Too bad GWB will not do a damn thing about it.



He's been too busy securing our borders, come on, give the guy a break.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 12:36:01 PM EDT
For you biblical folks, there is a prophecy in the OT about Damascus being utterly destroyed.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 1:16:33 PM EDT
I don't see how Iran can move weapons to Syria without tipping us off. Sound like nothing more than short bus saber rattling by Iran
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 2:28:11 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Atvar:
I don't see how Iran can move weapons to Syria without tipping us off. Sound like nothing more than short bus saber rattling by Iran


Right, because we'd shoot down any plane flying between Iran and Syria.
Link Posted: 12/21/2005 2:39:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By 1911greg:

Originally Posted By zer04evr:
Why cant we just bomb all the nuclear facilities. Fuck the UN.



lots of anti aircraft weapons, and they did a better job of protecting the facility this time, I think we could but its not as easy as people think.



Isn't that what missiles are for? I'd like to see GWB light up a few Tridents out in gulf...
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