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By Amrutha Gayathri
Posted: Dec. 13th, 2012
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces have begun to fire Scud ballistic missiles at the rebels, while the regime’s chemical weapons stockpile is ready to be deployed at “a moment’s notice,” a U.S. official has said.
U.S. military satellites recently picked up and confirmed the infrared signature of the four short-range Scud missiles, which were launched from the Damascus area into northern Syria, CNN reported Wednesday quoting an official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The missiles “came close” to landing on the Turkish side of the border, according to the official.
A NATO official, who declined to be named, confirmed the use of Scuds.
“Allied intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets have detected the launch of a number of unguided, short-range ballistic missiles inside Syria this week,” a NATO official in Brussels was quoted as saying by Reuters. “Trajectory and distance traveled indicate they were Scud-type missiles.”