Interesting Timeline Of The Israeli/Syrian Strike [Reader Post]

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The Background

Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) – the Scientific Studies and Research Center is the Syrian government agency responsible for non-conventional weapons development and production, including research on weapons of mass destruction and missiles that can deliver them.

According to GlobalSecurity.org – Secretly assisted by Russian chemical experts, the Syrian military research and development and industrial complex known as the Scientific Studies and Research Center had little trouble getting the required expertise, technology and materials from Russian sources to produce VX nerve gas.

Nuclear Threat Initiative has this to say on the SSRC.

Established in 1969, the stated goal of the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) is to advance and coordinate scientific activities in Syria.  The SSRC is considered to be the best-equipped research center in Syria, possessing better technical capacity and equipment than the four Syrian universities.  Although supposedly autonomous, Jane’s Intelligence Services and other analysts believe the SSRC to be linked to the military establishment, where it is allegedly responsible for new research and development of nuclear, biological, chemical, and missile-related technology.  The SSRC also works with the Atomic Energy Commission of Syria, forming a nexus between the country’s primary atomic, military, and scientific establishments.

Timeline

  • 1996 – The Washington Times reported on July 23, 1996 that the CIA had discovered that Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center received a shipment of missile components from China Precision Machinery Import-Export Corporation, China’s premier firm selling missiles abroad.
  • In 2004, Israel’s Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center said in a report on Syria that the SSRC had been developing ricin based biological weapons.
  • In 2005, former US president George Bush designated [Executive Order 13382] the SSRC as a weapons proliferator, accusing it of developing missiles as well as biological and chemical weapons.
  • 2007 – US Treasury froze assets/banned trade with three Syrian institutes that are subsidiaries of the SSRC, listing SSRC as the “Syrian government agency responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons and the missiles to deliver them.”
  • September 2010 – The international community should warn Damascus that a Syrian “institute” responsible for transferring weapons to Hezbollah and Hamas “will be demolished” if it continues arming terrorist organizations, Brig.-Gen. (Res.) Nitzan Nuriel, director of the National Security Council’s Counter-Terrorism Bureau, said.

Sunday 1/27/2013

  • Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom warned Sunday, Israel could launch a pre-emptive strike to stop Syria’s chemical weapons from reaching Lebanon’s Hezbollah or Al-Qaeda-inspired groups.
  • The warning came as the military moved a rocket defense system [Iron Dome] to the northern city of Haifa.

Monday 1/28/2013

  • Israel’s Security Council head Yaakov Amidror headed to Russia on Monday.
  • The visit coincided with Israel’s growing concern that Syrian chemical weapons may fall into the hands of radical Islamist groups.
  • Israeli media said it was an “emergency visit.
  • GlobalSecurity.org previously stated SSRC was secretly assisted by Russian chemical experts.

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