(JNS.org) Israeli and American officials are working closely behind the scenes on possible strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s unconventional weapons arsenal, according to a report in Time magazine. Last week, President Obama concluded Assad had used chemical weapons against rebel forces, confirming previous statements from Israeli officials in April. In response, Obama announced the U.S. would step up aid to Syrian rebels.
But according to Time, the U.S., Israel and regional allies, Turkey and Jordan, are working closely on a more intense engagement in Syria. “Israeli and U.S. military officials are coordinating how to target and destroy Assad’s arsenal of unconventional weapons under assorted scenarios,” said an Israeli official, according to Time. The scenarios include “operations on the estimated 18 depots and other sites where WMDs are stored” as well as another that would remove Assad, “be it by flight, death or if he simply disappears.”