Syria expects an attack 'at any moment': Security official

Syrian troops fire a heavy machine gun mounted on a pickup truck in the Eastern Ghouta area on the north-eastern outskirts of Damascus on Friday, Aug 30, 2013. Syria expects a military attack "at any moment", a security official told AFP on Satu
Syrian troops fire a heavy machine gun mounted on a pickup truck in the Eastern Ghouta area on the north-eastern outskirts of Damascus on Friday, Aug 30, 2013. Syria expects a military attack "at any moment", a security official told AFP on Saturday, just hours after UN experts probing a suspected gas attack blamed on the regime left the country. -- PHOTO: AFP

DAMASCUS (AFP) - Syria expects a military attack "at any moment", a security official told AFP on Saturday, just hours after UN experts probing a suspected gas attack blamed on the regime left the country.

"We are expecting an attack at any moment. We are ready to retaliate at any moment," said the security official, who wished to remain anonymous.

US President Barack Obama on Friday gave his clearest indication yet that an attack was imminent after his intelligence experts concluded Syria's regime had unleashed poison gas on civilians.