Syrian rebels claim to have captured army missile base

A statement was released on Tuesday by the Supreme Military Council of the Syrian rebels that alleges that rebel forces have taken control of an army missile base in Damascus.

The base is believed to have 10 ready-to-launch missiles, some of which have been converted to carry non-conventional warheads, reports.

"During the successful operation, the operatives of the Free Syrian Army found a large number of rockets ready for launching, with enormous destructive capability, and they were very surprised to find missiles that were converted to carry non-conventional warheads and which can be equipped with chemical or biological warheads," the statement said, according to

The Supreme Military Council cautioned that the revelation of the non-conventional missiles could mean that the al Assad regime is planning to bomb Syrian cities with CBRN missiles.

French President Francois Hollande warned on Monday that such use of chemical weapons by Syria would be sufficient cause for Western intervention. President Obama made similar warnings last week.

"We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people," Obama said, reports. "We have been very clear to the Assad regime - but also to other players on the ground - that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized."