If true, it perhaps means that the Russians have deserted the rat infested ship of the Assad regime, and that Assad, contemplating a last ditch effort, is really on the ropes. If the story proves false, it means that the US / NATO is setting up the stage for involvement, regardless of Russia’s patronage. Either way something is going to happen soon, a watershed event is about to take place.

NOTE: Personally, I seriously doubt that Assad is going to stick around and wait to be raped and double tapped by a gang of long bearded jihadis.

Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad’s order

By Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson, NBC News

The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday.

The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said.

As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the “precursor” chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded inside the bombs.

Sarin is an extraordinarily lethal agent. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces killed 5,000 Kurds with a single sarin attack on Halabja in 1988.

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