Syria has for the first time ever, admitted that it has chemical weapons, but did not elaborate as to the type. In recent remarks by the Interior Minister, Syria said it would use them if western powers invaded the country militarily. He also said Syria would not use them on its civilian population engaged in the civil war that has embroiled the country for a year and a half.
Those chemical weapons, though, are believed to be secured according to Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz of the Israeli Defense Forces. He said Syria has stepped up security at locations believed to house chemical weapons. Gantz said the Syrian regime remains in control of its chemical weapons stocks and they haven't been raided by anti-Israel militant groups.
He added however that this could change.
The chemical weapons is one of the reasons the U.S. reportedly has not intervened militarily, fearing who might get their hands on them if the Syrian regime falls, that it could end up in the hands of terrorist.
In recent days, Israeli leaders have warned that they would be prepared to attack the weapons depots to prevent that from happening.