Ex-Syrian official: 'Assad ready to use chemical weapons'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 17, 2012 11:21

Syrian President Bashar Assad will not hesitate to use chemical weapons if he is cornered, a senior Syrian official who defected to the opposition told the BBC in an interview published on Wednesday. 


Nawaf Fares, ex-ambassador to Iraq and the most prominent Syrian politician to defect to the opposition, also claimed that Assad's regime is collaborating with al-Qaida. 


"Al-Qaida is searching for space to move and means of support, the regime is looking for ways to terrorize the Syrian people," Fares told the BBC. 


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