With the recent insurgency, Syria's revolution will likely be an unpredictable, protracted, and grim affair. If Syrian President Bashir al-Assad is removed from power, what will happen to Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons, which could potentially fall into the hands of terrorists? In an article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Charles P. Blair, Senior Fellow on State and Non-State Threats, writes that the international community should focus on Syria's weapons of mass destruction. Syria has one of the most sophisticated chemical weapon programs in the world, and it is suspected that they have an active biological weapons program. Syria signed the Biological Weapons and Toxins Convention in 1972, yet has never ratified the treaty. Additionally, at least six formal terrorist organizations have long maintained personnel within Syria. Three of these groups -- Hamas, Hizbollah, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad -- have already attempted to acquire or use chemical or biological agents, or both. The United States and its allies need to start planning now to keep Syria's WMD out of the hands of terrorists, should the revolution continue. To read the article clickhere. For more information on Syria and WMD, check out these FAS resources and more on our website.