"What has significantly changed the current security landscape for Europe and specifically the Netherlands, and potentially increased the risk of attack with biological weapons, is the evolving situation in Syria and the possible loss of control by Bashar al-Assad over his laboratory infrastructure (BW Complex) Hezbollah and Iran are said to be building a 50,000 strong force to take control of weapon stockpiles should the regime fall. Today Hezbollah is very probably armed with both biological and chemical weapons. Moreover, according to a report by the Atlantic Council, Iran and Hezbollah, it’s Lebanese proxy, are building a network of militias inside Syria to preserve and protect their interests in the event that President Bashar al-Assad’s government falls or is forced to retreat from Damascus. One of those interests is their biological weapons’ program based at the SSRC (Scientific Studies and Research Centre) near Damascus. Understanding the relationship between Syria and Hezbollah is critical to analyzing the threat they pose. Their networks across Europe are extensive, long term and strategic in nature..."
Jill Bellamy Van Aalst in the Dispatch International, Chief editor Lars Hedegaard