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February 4, 2014
15:45 // 7 months ago
January 7, 2014
14:12 // 7 months ago
January 2, 2014

Destruction of Syrian government’s chemical weapons already behind schedule

  • Last Month A new plan was unveiled that would see a number of countries join together, under the supervision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, to oversee the complete destruction of the Syrian government’s chemical weapons. The process would begin in January, and was expected to take no longer than sixty days to complete.
  • Today A new report from The Guardian reveals the process is already several days behind schedule, and destruction of Syria’s chemical agents is unlikely to be completed by the originally proposed deadline. A variety of bureaucratic delays have held up GPS tracking devices and other technology at the Jordanian border, and many of the weapons have apparently not even been prepared for transportation.
15:14 // 8 months ago
December 4, 2013
  • September 2013 Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to hand over his government’s stockpile of chemical weapons and sign the Geneva convention as part of an agreement that would prevent the U.S. military from carrying out airstrikes inside the country.
  • January 2014 A team of 36 technicians will begin neutralizing Syria’s recently surrendered chemical agents from all of the confiscated weapons, under supervision of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, with hopes of completing the process no longer than 60 days after work begins. source
17:48 // 9 months ago
October 31, 2013
15:45 // 10 months ago
September 20, 2013
15:51 // 11 months ago
September 15, 2013
This was the header of The Huffington Post this morning at around 11AM ET. Secretary of State John Kerry said “the threat of force is real” if Syria does not follow through with the chemical weapons diplomatic solution by Russia. He said, “we cannot have hollow words.”

This was the header of The Huffington Post this morning at around 11AM ET. Secretary of State John Kerry said “the threat of force is real” if Syria does not follow through with the chemical weapons diplomatic solution by Russia. He said, “we cannot have hollow words.”

11:37 // 11 months ago
September 14, 2013
The use of chemical weapons anywhere in the world is an affront to human dignity and a threat to the security of people everywhere. We have a duty to preserve a world free from the fear of chemical weapons for our children. Today marks an important step towards achieving this goal.
President Obama, in a statement on the deal between the U.S. and the Russian government to destroy chemical weapons in Syria—a deal which sets a mid-2014 deadline to do so, allowing UN penalties to be imposed if Syria doesn’t hold up its end of the bargain. Props to Kerry.
15:12 // 11 months ago
September 7, 2013
20:39 // 11 months ago
September 2, 2013
There are no facts, there is just dialogue about ‘what we know for sure.’ And when we ask for more detailed confirmation, they say, ‘You know, it’s all secret, so we can’t show you.’ That means such facts aren’t there.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov • Arguing that the U.S. has no evidence of a chemical-weapons attack in Syria. Voice of America reports that the Russia is considering sending a delegation to the U.S. to try to sway Congress on the Syria issue. Whatever happens, this much is clear: Russia and the U.S. are seeing eye-to-eye on a lot less stuff these days.
15:03 // 1 year ago