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Assad ‘moved’ chemical weapons, sought cooperation with ‘state of Israel:’ leaks

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    Officially, the Syrian regime and its allies, Russia and Iran, have consistently dismissed allegations that President Bashar al-Assad intends to use or relocate chemical weapons in his ongoing war for survival.

    But classified documents obtained by Al Arabiya have revealed that the Syrian regime did move chemical weapons stockpile with the help of Iran and knowledge of Russia.

    Furthermore, additional documents also reveal that Assad has also sought cross border cooperation with the “State of Israel” which the Syrian regime often refers to in public as a hostile “entity”.

    The confidential files were acquired by Al Arabiya with the assistance of members of the Syrian opposition who refused to elaborate on how they got hold of the documents.

    Al Arabiya says that it has verified and authenticated hundreds of these documents and that it has decided to disclose the ones with substantial news value and political relevance.

    In a highly-classified -- but undated -- document sent from Iran, Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force, a division of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), addressed President Assad directly, affirming that the chemical warheads are ready to be relocated.

    This was in contrary to previous statements by Iran that it would not support any country with plans to use the chemicals.

    Iran’s Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi had said that Iran could not support any country -- including ally Syria -- that used such weapons, calling this “a situation that will end everything.”
    Another batch of leaked files obtained by Al Arabiya were related to the Syrian regime’s secret relations to Israel.

    Officially, the two states are at war; particularly since Israel is still occupying the Syrian Golan Heights.

    On April 3, 2011, less than one month after the beginning of the popular uprising in Syria, the Chief of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence, Sakr Mennoun, sent a written order to Col. Suheil Hassan to head to the Syrian-Israeli borders and ensure the safety of the frontiers.

    Mannoun requests from Hassan to secure the borders “in cooperation with the state of Israel.”