cknowledging for the first time that it possesses weapons of mass destruction, the Syrian regime said Monday that it would use chemical and biological weapons in the event of a foreign attack. Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi stressed, however, that Damascus would not use its unconventional arms against its own citizens. The annoucement from the Syrian government comes as international pressure mounts against President Bashar al-Assad's regime to end the country's 17-month-long crisis that has left some 19,000 people dead. Syria's revelation "suggests a desperate regime deeply shaken by an increasingly bold revolt that has scored a string of successes in the past week, including a stunning bomb attack that killed four high-level security officials."
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