U.S. works with Israel, Jordan, Turkey to prepare against chemical attacks from Syria
Israel, Turkey and Jordan are all feared under threat by Syrian president Bashar al Assad, according to DEBKAfile.
According to the White House, CIA and Pentagon, all three countries may be under the threat of a potential unconventional attack. Each country's medical services have begun preparation for a possible chemical attack.
The United States and France have delivered special forces trained in chemical warfare, military hospitals and hundreds of tons of medical equipment to Jordan, a country that lack the appropriate medical facilities. Washington is also concerned that American military and strategic interests in all three countries may be in danger, DEBKAfile reports.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed a chemical war scenario during a meeting in Istanbul on Saturday.
"We need to get into the real details of such operational planning and it needs to be across both our governments (U.S. and Turkey). Our intelligence services and our military have very important responsibilities and roles to play, so we are going to be setting up a working group to do exactly that. We have planned for many contingencies, including the very horrible scenario of the use of chemical weapons," Clinton said, DEBKAfile reports.
The working group she announced for the U.S. and Turkey will also be replicated between the U.S. and Israel and the U.S. and Jordan.