1. NERVE GAS

    Syria Prepared to Use Chemical Weapons

    In this Friday, Oct. 26, 2012 photo, a mosque minaret still stands amid rubble from damaged buildings after an aircraft strike hit the mosque one week ago in the Tarik Al-Bab neighborhood, southeast of Aleppo, Syria. Activists say Syrian troops have shelled rebel-held areas and clashed with anti-government gunmen in several parts of the country despite an internationally mediated cease-fire. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees report shelling and shooting mostly in the northern province of Aleppo, the eastern region of Deir el-Zour, Daraa to the south and suburbs of the capital Damascus. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

    Narciso Contreras / AP Photo

    If the situation in Syria sounds horrendous now, it could be getting much, much worse. Just this week, Syrian government said it would not use chemical warfare on its own people, but Wednesday, U.S. authorities warned that government troops have loaded nerve agents inside aerial bombs and are awaiting final orders from President Bashar al-Assad to use them. “There’s little the outside world can do to stop it” once the orders are given and the sarin bombs—made of a deadly nerve gas—are loaded into planes, an official told NBC. Despite strong warnings by President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Syrian government has ordered its Chemical Weapons Corps to “be prepared.” The U.S. previously said it would intervene if chemical weapons were used and Clinton said today that implementing these weapons would be crossing “a red line.”

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