CONTENT PREVIEW
CBRN Assessment

Strikes on Syria unlikely to target CW assets

29 August 2013

Key Points

  • The Obama administration was still looking at how to respond to the Syrian regime's suspected use of chemical weapons as JDW closed for press
  • Punitive strikes against the Assad regime are unlikely to target its CW assets
  • It remains unclear how well developed US efforts are to produce munitions that can defeat CW manufacturing and storage facilities

The Obama administration was still deliberating on how to respond to suspected widespread chemical weapon (CW) use by Syrian government forces as JDW went to press, but it appears likely the target set for any retaliatory US strikes will be limited and would not include the Syrian CW stocks themselves.



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