Good news: British intel outfit reports evidence of chemical warheads on Syrian missiles; Update: New deputy chair of UN nuke agency? Syria

Here’s something nice and light for you as the day winds down.

Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the development and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane’s Magazine report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.

According to the report, cited by Channel 10, the joint Syrian-Iranian team was attempting to mount a chemical warhead on a scud missile when the explosion occurred, spreading lethal chemical agents, including sarin nerve gas and VX gas.

The factory was created specifically for the purposes of altering ballistic missiles to carry chemical payloads, the magazine report claimed.

I’m surprised … that Syrian missiles haven’t already been outfitted with chemical warheads. They’re Baathists, for god’s sake. Chemical warfare is what they do.

Might this have had anything to do with Israel’s mystery raid on Syria two weeks ago? Bret Stephens has a worthy analysis in today’s Opinion Journal of the unprecedented secrecy with which details of the operation are being guarded. The target must have been very, very precious, he concludes, which points towards some sort of nuclear material. Your exit question, per the dot-connectin’ Hashmonean: Assuming it was nuclear and was, per reports, delivered from North Korea in the guise of a cement shipment, why should we believe it was intended for Syria as opposed to Syria’s latest investor in, ahem, “cement factories”?

Update: In fairness, Mohammed ElBaradei is already wholly owned by Iran so this won’t matter much. It’s just the symbolism that’s rancid.