Syrian president warns of bioweapons capability

Syrian President Bashar Assad said this week that his military could repel any foreign attack due to greater capabilities than known outside the regime.
Assad made the first reference to Syria's military strength during an interview on Syrian state television on August 21, World Tribune reports. He also hinted at Syria's missile and non-conventional arsenal, which may include chemical and biological weapons.

"They know part of (the Syrian military prowess)," Assad said, according to World Tribune. "But they do not know the other parts and they will not be able to afford the results.
"As for the security situation, it has become more militant in the recent weeks. We are capable of dealing with it. I am not worried. As for the threat of a military action, any action against Syria will have greater consequences, greater than they can tolerate."
Western diplomats said that Assad seemed to be responding to rising military tension with neighboring Turkey. They said that the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was examining the potential of forming a safe haven for refugees and rebels along the border with Syria.
"Turkey sees its opportunity in controlling northeastern Syria as in the Ottoman days," a regional diplomatic source said, according to World Tribune.
Western intelligence sources said Assad still controls medium-range Scud D ballistic missiles that are designed to be fitted with chemical and perhaps biological warheads.

An estimated 2,100 civilians have been killed by Assad's military and security forces in an effort to quell a revolt.