Bashar al-Assad has ‘spread chemical weapons around 50 sites’

Bashar al-Assad has ‘spread chemical weapons around 50 sites’

An elite and secretive military unit compromised of members of President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect has been moving nerve agents and munitions for several months, US officials told the Wall Street Journal in a bid to make them harder to track.

Officials said they were still reasonably confident about the location of most of the regime’s estimated 1,000 tons of chemical and biological agents, but had less certainty than six months ago.

Previously they were housed at several large facilities in the west of the country, but have been moved to the north and south as well as a few spots in the east.

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