DIA Chief: Years Needed to Remove, Destroy Syria’s Chemical Weapons

Vehicles of the United Nations inspectors leave a hotel on Aug. 30 for another probe of Syria chemical attack on their last day of inspections. (AFP via Getty Images)

UN weapons inspectors could soon begin the arduous and tense work of locating and seizing Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons.

But the head of the Pentagon’s top intelligence organization wants everyone watching the Syria-US-Russia drama to know one thing: It’s going to take a long time to get those weapons out of the country.

Defense Intelligence Agency Chief Michael Flynn told a conference in Washington on Thursday that it could take nearly a decade to completely locate and remove Bashar al-Assad’s chemical arsenal.

“It’s going to take a while,” a stern-faced Flynn said.

The curious type, the three-star intelligence officer said he asked some folks at DIA how long it took the United States “seven years” to destroy its chemical arms stockpile.

Intercepts notes the United States needed that long under an orderly process done without all the challenges the UN will face with a brutal sectarian civil war unfolding around it.

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett