FT this morning (£walled):

‘Syria has publicly admitted for the first time that it possesses chemical and biological weapons, adding to international concern that its stocks could fall into the hands of militant groups as the country’s civil war intensifies.’

The Slog, 19th July:

‘If it came to a real show-down, Assad would release all his chemical weapons without blinking an eye. He would not hesitate in flinging all his military cards up in the sky, and then just hoping that some of them fell in his favour.  Better that, than being erased from the face of the Earth by militant Muslims.’

Last Friday, Assad was reported to have fled. This was wrong, and the result of too many idle hacks reading Islamist press releases. In fact, Assad still has control of the weapons – and is being egged on by his frineds in Iran to use them.