A former top general in Syria’s chemical weapons program says he doesn’t doubt for a moment that President Bashar Assad will deploy his chemical weapons arsenal as he tries to hold onto power, ABC News reported Monday, December 10. “The regime started to fall and deteriorate. It’s coming to its end,” said retired Major General Adnan Sillou. “It’s highly possible that he’ll start using [chemical weapons] to kill his own people because this regime is a killer.” Last week U.S. officials said there was evidence that the binary components of the nerve agent sarin, usually stored separately, had been combined and placed into bombs for use. The United States and its allies have repeatedly expressed concern that Syria’s stockpile, believed to be one of the biggest in the world, could fall into extremist hands or transferred to Hizballah by a crumbling Syrian regime.