Chemical weapons would be last resort for Syrian regime

Bashar al Assad's Syrian regime plans to use chemical weapons against its own citizens as a last resort, according to the former head of the country's chemical arsenal.

Major-General Adnan Sillu, who defected from the Syrian army three months ago, said that he was party to high-level discussions about the use of chemical weapons on civilians and rebel fighters. Sillu said he was certain that Al-Assad's regime would eventually use the munitions against civilians, the Telegraph reports.

"We were in a serious discussion about the use of chemical weapons, including how we would use them and in what areas," Sillu said, according to the Telegraph. "We discussed this as a last resort - such as if the regime lost control of an important area such as Aleppo."

The interview came after German press reported on Tuesday that Syria's army tested a delivery system for chemical weapons, according to Der Spiegel.

Sillu also said that Syria considered supplying Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based military group, with chemical weapons. Iran's Revolutionary Guard representatives also came to multiple meetings.

"(Syria) wanted to place warheads with the chemical weapons on missiles - to transfer them this way to Hezbollah," Sillu said, according to the Telegraph. "It was for use against Israel, of course. If a war starts between Hezbollah and Israel it will be only good for Syria."