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Nations of Concern: Syria

  1. Markus K. Binder

Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

DOI: 10.1002/0471686786.ebd0184.pub2

Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense

Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense

How to Cite

Binder, M. K. 2011. Nations of Concern: Syria. Encyclopedia of Bioterrorism Defense. 1–4.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2011

Abstract

The article discusses Syria's biological weapons capability, its support to terrorism, and finally the possibility that Syria might provide biological weapons-related materials or information to terrorist groups. Based on the available information, the article concludes that Syria does not possess an offensive biological weapons capability even though it may possess the technical wherewithal to develop, produce, and deploy biological weapons. The article also concludes that in spite of its support to terrorism in the region, Syria has not transferred any biological weapons-related information or material to terrorist groups and is highly unlikely to do so in the future.

Keywords:

  • biological warfare;
  • biotechnology;
  • Mukhabarat;
  • al-Qa'ida;
  • pharmaceuticals;
  • Syria;
  • terrorism;
  • weaponization