Syrian general says opposition could soon control chemical weapons facilities

As Syrian rebel groups gain more territory in the country's 21-month civil war, the likelihood increases that they will gain control of a chemical weapons stockpile or manufacturing site.

Syrian Major-General Adnan Sillu, who once reportedly ran Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons training program but has since defected, said that the main storage sites for mustard and nerve gas would be easily over run if the rebels reached them, according to Al Arabiya.

"They're not secure," Silou said, reports. "Probably anyone from the Free Syrian Army or any Islamic extremist group could take them over.

"After the regime falls, anyone could take them."

Salim Idris, the new Syrian rebel chief, recently said the rebels have yet to capture any of Assad's chemical infrastructure or weapons.

"We know exactly where they are and we are watching everything," Idris said, the Washington Post reports. "But we don't have the capability to put them under our control."

The United States initially worried that Damascus would use the weapons on their own people, but are now becoming increasingly concerned about the weapons falling into the hands of Islamic radicals like the al Nusra Front, who make up an important portion of the opposition forces.