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  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Never trust a tyrant with chemical weapons

    In what's being hailed as a foreign-policy triumph of the Obama administration (which needs every morsel of good news it can get), the Syrian government gave up all its "declared" chemical weapons stockpile.

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by the Local Committee of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. The chemical weapons watchdog that is overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program said Tuesday, May 27, 2014 that a convoy of its inspectors has come under attack, but all are safe. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said  the inspectors had been traveling to the site of an alleged chlorine gas attack site when they were attacked. (AP Photo/Local Committee of Arbeen, File)

    Destruction of Syrian chemicals a work in progress

    In just over a month, Syria is supposed to have rid itself entirely of its chemical weapons program and the 1,300-metric ton stockpile of mustard gas and precursor chemicals it declared to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction. But the June 30 deadline, agreed upon last year, now appears out of reach.

  • FILE -- In this August 26, 2013, file Photo, a U.N. team, that is scheduled to investigate an alleged chemical attack that killed hundreds last week in a Damascus suburb, leaves their hotel in a convoy, in Damascus, Syria. In a  statement issued Tuesday, May 27, 2014, by the chemical weapons watchdog that is overseeing the dismantling of Syria's chemical weapons program, said a convoy of its inspectors has come under attack, but all are safe.  The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that the inspectors had been traveling to the site of an alleged chlorine gas attack site when they were attacked. (AP Photo, File)

    Chemical weapons inspectors attacked in Syria

    A convoy of chemical weapons inspectors came under attack Tuesday while traveling to the site of a suspected chlorine gas attack in Syria, but all staff members were safe, the international watchdog agency said.

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013 file citizen journalism image provided by the Local Committee of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, members of the UN investigation team take samples from the ground in the Damascus countryside of Zamalka, Syria. Syrian opposition activists and other witnesses tell The Associated Press that Syrian government forces have attacked rebel-held areas with poisonous chlorine gas in recent months. They say the attacks left scores of men, women and children coughing, choking and gasping for breath. The reports have been denied by the Syrian government and have yet to be confirmed by any foreign country or international organization. But if true, they highlight the limitations of the global effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Local Committee of Arbeen, File)

    Watchdog says Syria must destroy toxic chemicals

    The head of an international mission to Syria charged with destroying the country's chemical weapons called on President Bashar Assad's government Sunday to ensure it meets a deadline to destroy all its toxic chemicals amid a raging civil war.

  • FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, file photo, a citizen journalism image provided by the United Media Office of Arbeen which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows members of the United Nations investigation team take samples from sand near a part of a missile that is likely to be a chemical rocket, according to activists, in the Damascus countryside of Ain Terma, Syria. The Obama administration is offering to destroy some of Syria's deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a nearly 700-foot (213-meter), U.S. government-owned ship, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Local Committee of Arbeen, File)

    U.N. tells Syria to hurry on chemical weapons disposal

    The U.N. Security Council called on Syria Thursday to speed up the removal of its most harmful chemical weapons agents from the country, expressing "growing concern" at several missed deadlines.

  • In this citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center (AMC), an anti-Bashar Assad activist group, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian residents and rescue workers carry a body from a building damaged by the Syrian forces airplanes in the neighborhood of Qadi Askar in Aleppo, Syria, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. The Aleppo Media Center said the air raid killed and wounded several people. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center, AMC)

    US says Syria must comply with chemical arms deal

    The United States accused the Syrian government Thursday of using stalling tactics to delay efforts to remove and destroy chemical agents, an indication that the international community's patience is wearing thin over the slow pace of the operation.

  • FILE - This Thursday Jan. 2, 2014 file photo shows a barge is anchored alongside the the M/V Cape Ray in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. The M/V Cape Ray departed Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 on a mission to destroy dozens of containers of deadly chemical weapons being removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle that country's poison gas and nerve agent program. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Chemical weapons watchdog discusses Syria mission

    The United States on Thursday criticized Syria for its slow pace in moving chemical weapons out of the country for destruction, ratcheting up pressure on President Bashar Assad to cooperate with an unprecedented international chemical disarmament mission.

  • 14 companies bid to destroy Syria chemicals

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says 14 private sector companies have submitted bids to destroy chemicals removed from Syria as part of international efforts to dismantle Damascus' poison gas and nerve agent program.

  • A crew member of the Danish warship Esbern Snare wears a protective mask which shows the reflection of the Danish cargo ship Ark Futura, during emergency drills on the sea between Cyprus and Syria, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Two cargo ships and their warship escorts set sail at waters near Syria where they will wait for orders on when they can head to the Syrian port of Latakia to pick up more than 1,000 tons of chemical agents. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Watchdog wants to speed up Syrian disarmament

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday urged Syria to intensify efforts to get its stockpile of raw materials for poison gas and nerve agents to a port, so it can be shipped out of the country and destroyed.

  • Scientists raise alarm over plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons at sea

    Chemical weapons experts are criticizing the Defense Department's plan to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal aboard a U.S. vessel in the Mediterranean Sea, a proposal that Pentagon officials have described as low-risk.

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