Category Archives: Syria

Syrian Site Security: An Educated Guess (Updated with new information)

Foreign Policy has published an excellent piece by R. Jeffrey Smith that helps to fill in many of the unanswered questions I posed in an earlier blog post I wrote about Syrian site security. In light of this new information, … Continue reading

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German Patriot Games: The Bundestag Debates the Deployment of Patriot in Turkey

Niklas Anzinger –  a  Philosophy and Economics student at the University of Bayreuth in Germany – has kindly offered to summarize the debates taking place in Germany about the deployment of Patriot missile batteries and troops to Turkey. Anzinger spent … Continue reading

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Tacit and Explicit Knowledge: Why Most Claims about Syrian Weapons are Overblown

Recent news reports have claimed that Syria has modified surplus Mig-21s to be flown unmanned and to carry and deliver chemical weapons. According to the press report: On 21 June 2012, Syrian pilot Col Hassan Hamada took off in a … Continue reading

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Site Security at Syrian Chemical Weapons Sites: An Educated Guess

Syria has never officially acknowledged that it possesses chemical weapons, choosing only to issue veiled statements that point to their existence. For example, Hafez al Assad said in 1990: Israel is still superior technologically; and it is capable of inflicting on … Continue reading

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Finding Syrian Road Mobile Missiles and Patriot Limitations

Despite having an incredible edge technologically, the United States military would likely have tremendous difficulties finding Syrian road mobile scuds. While the United States has invested significant resources in improving its abilities in this area, it is still believed that … Continue reading

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Syrian Chemical Weapons and U.S. Nuclear Targeting

Is Syria a nuclear target? The short answer is yes. The long answer, however, is a bit more complicated. In the April 2010 Nuclear Posture Review the United States declared that it would not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear weapons … Continue reading

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How Susan Rice and Anderson Cooper Complicate Turkey’s Syria Policy

Turkey, despite its rush to express solidarity with the Palestinian leadership in Gaza, could not have been happy with the timing of the latest Israeli-Hamas conflict. While Turkey has used the conflict to ramp up its anti-Israel rhetoric, I would … Continue reading

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