Syrian government divided on use of chemical weapons against rebels

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that Syria's President Assad and his inner circle of advisors are at odds over whether to use Syria's vast stockpile of chemical weapons in a last ditch effort to save the regime. Sources in Iraq say Syrian President Bashar Assad's inner circle is engaged in "intensive debate" between those who advocate using chemical weapons as a last resort and those who warn of the dangers of such a step, Kuwaiti daily Al-Seyassah reported on Thursday. The debate comes amid growing Western fears that a desperate Assad could turn to chemical weapons as rebels close in on Damascus. Al-Seyassah said its reporters spoke to a "prominent figure in Iraq's Islamist Sadrist movement" in Baghdad. The movement, led by popular Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, is supportive of Assad but has previously denied reports it has sent fighters to Syria to help put down the uprising. Assad's security and intelligence chiefs believe the rebels' convergence on the capital...(Read Full Post)