The Syrian military has chemical weapons that are ready to go as soon as President Bashar al-Assad gives the order, according to Danger Room.
We've heard this threat before, but an official told Wired that this time, it's much more serious. Over the weekend, Wired says, engineers began mixing the two chemical agents necessary to make sarin gas—isopropanol, which you know as rubbing alcohol, and methylphosphonyl difluoride. The Assad regime has amassed some 500 metric tons of these agents, but had kept them separate—in binary form—to avoid an accidental release of nerve gas. But no longer. The troops have cooked up sarin and are ready to use it to kill Syrian people when Assad says the word.