Czech anti-chemical warfare troops provide expertise in Jordan

Czech anti-chemical warfare troops are in Jordan to provide technical expertise in case the stockpile of chemical weapons in Syria is unleashed by Bashar al-Assad's regime, terrorists or rebels.

Experts estimate that Syria has 100 times the chemical and biological arsenal experienced in Libya with as many as 100 to 200 missiles loaded with deadly nerve agents. Charles Blair, a specialist in biological and chemical weapons, said that it would take tens of thousands of people to guard the chemical weapons if the regime falls, Foreign Policy reports.

"We do have the traditional CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear warfare) specialization, we have our anti-chemical units in the Gulf, in Kuwait...we do have some even in Afghanistan, we do have some cooperation now with Jordan because of the danger with Syria," Czech defense minister Alexandr Vondra said, according to Foreign Policy.

The Czech military has the role of dealing with CBRN threats within NATO.

There is no evidence that chemical or biological weapons have been taken by rebels or terrorists from secure storage sites in Syria. Chemical and biological weapons have, however, been moved in an attempt to keep them safe.

Blair said that al-Assad is unlikely to deploy the weapons because using them against civilians would increase support for international intervention, Foreign Policy reports.