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July 25th, 2012
12:26 PM ET

Fmr. Syrian General: Syrian use of chemical weapons against other countries a 'big bluff'

The violence in Syria is escalating this morning, with rebel fighters preparing to face government troops in Aleppo and Turkey deciding to close its borders with the country.

International concerns have also increased after Syria's foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi confirmed that the country possesses chemical weapons.

On Syrian state TV, Makdissi insisted that the weapons will not be used against the Syrian people, but rather are "meant to be used only and strictly in the event of external aggression against the Syrian Arab Republic."

Retired Syrian Brigadier General Akil Hashem calls the idea that the regime will be able to use chemical weapons against other countries as retaliation for military intervention a "big bluff" on Starting Point this morning.

Gen. Hashem insists that the Syrian regime will use these chemical weapons against the Syrian people if they become desperate, and explains that he doesn't think Assad will step down because the conflict involves not only him and his family, but also the "entire corrupted establishment" surrounding the regime.

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