U.S. and U.K. advance plans to seize, destroy Syrian chemical weapons

The United States and the United Kingdom have developed advanced plans to either seize or destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile if the country collapses further.

Experts said that the most likely way to prevent the arsenal from falling into the hands of extremists would be to destroy them in a series of airstrikes. Another option would include using special forces and chemical warfare-trained troops to secure the sites inside Syria, according to the Telegraph.

A regiment in the Royal Air Force called the Defense Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Wing was recently warned that it should prepare to work alongside the Special Air Service to enter Syria on short notice.

The U.S. Strategic Working Group has been rehearsing how to secure various types of chemical weapons in the case of an international emergency. The group is comprised of members from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corps. It also includes representatives of the British and Australian militaries.

Senior officers recently tested a variety of possible plans at a classified series of war games called Unified Quest 2013, held at the U.S. Army Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, according to the Telegraph.

"We need to have plans in place so that we can properly prepare our soldiers for this job," a source who participated in the games said, the Telegraph reports. "It's a dangerous and messy business. Soldiers will be driving into potentially contaminated areas, possibly under fire while handling hazardous material."