CBRN Assessment

NATO head convinced Assad is responsible for chemical weapons use

02 September 2013
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has added his voice to those convinced the Syrian government was responsible for carrying out a chemical weapons attack on 21 August. Source: PA Photos

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he has been shown enough evidence to convince him that the Syrian government was responsible for chemical attacks in the Damascus suburbs on 21 August.

However, he also said NATO's command and control (C2) assets and other capabilities would not be needed if any punitive attack against Syria by the US or other countries is "short and sharp".

"I fully support the decision of individual allies as they consider the way ahead on Syria," Rasmussen stated on 2 September. "As the signals in Syria demonstrate [about the chemical attacks], we continue to face significant security challenges and it is vital that we are prepared to meet them."

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