Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:47PM
The British Army has dispatched nearly 200 elite troops from the Special Air Service (SAS) and the Special Boat Service (SBS) in and around Syria to collect information about the country’s alleged chemical weapons. A senior military expert, who asked to remain anonymous, said the elite SAS and SBS troops are in Syria to both gather information about and confiscate those chemical weapons that the government of President Bashar al- Assad decides to use or move, the Daily Star reported. The elite special troops are working alongside those that are dispatched by the British foreign spying apparatus (MI6) to the country in an attempt to gather intelligence about the movement of the Syrian army forces, the expert said. According to the report, American and French troops are also busy working along with MI6 and CIA agents to destabilize Syria and help the foreign-backed terrorists topple the popular government of President Bashar al Assad. “This is like something out of a Frederick Forsyth thriller but it’s true and a lot of people could get killed,” said the senior British expert. Earlier, British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama warned Damascus that they would resort to military action if Syria threatens to use chemical weapons to defeat the foreign-sponsored insurgency. But, Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Muallem dismissed suggestions that the government would use chemical weapons against rebels, saying that the government’s “responsibility is to protect our people”. Muallem said the U.S. government was the major player stoking violence by encouraging anti-government rebels in the country. MOL/JR/HE