The last of Syria’s 1,300-ton stockpile of chemical weapons, including mustard gas and raw materials for making sarin nerve gas, have been loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships off the coast of Latakia, Syria, the Associated Press reports.
Two weeks after it delivered a new report on alleged use of chlorine in attacks on civilians in Syria, the Syrian American Medical Society says various agencies have failed to respond.
An anonymous official has made the announcement a day ahead of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons official statement on Nov. 1.
But the Syrian president denied using them in the sarin gas attack that killed thousands of civilians in August.
“The results are beyond doubt and beyond the pale,” says Ban.
Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal is set to be destroyed by mid-2014. Regional experts hope the deal could be the beginning of the end of the Syrian civil war.
Ban Ki-moon believed that a U.N. report will show “overwhelming evidence” that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government.
Kerry also rejected Assad’s 30-day timetable to submit data on his chemical weapons stockpile.
Billions of dollars, years of work, and robots. All in the middle of a civil war.
The U.S. and Russia remain fundamentally opposed. “If the Russian proposal for Syria works, Obama should give his Nobel to Putin.”
“We don’t trust the regime or the Russians when it comes to these political initiatives,” says a spokesman for a top Syrian opposition group.
But “deep skepticism” abounds.
Syria’s foreign minister reportedly said he welcomes the idea.
“You’re kidding me. He didn’t say that. I can’t imagine him saying that he didn’t draw the red line. But, he did draw a red line. We have ears.”
Chuck Hagel makes the claim in testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“I think we need to talk about that in our classified session.”
“All I did was raise a hypothetical question,” Kerry says.
“The legal basis for military action would be humanitarian intervention” it says.
A father is reunited with his son, a rare moment of heart-wrenching joy in the midst of a conflict marked by unspeakable cruelty.
Now, the dictator of Syria is an international pariah. How fast the world changes.
UPDATED: The U.S. defense secretary said that the military is “ready to go.” The Syrian government continued to deny any role in an alleged chemical weapons attack.
He says the White House will decide how to respond in the coming days.
In a phone call with British Prime Minister David Cameron, the Russian president sticks to Syria’s denial.
“The President must come first to our own Congress for authorization,” Rep. Gibson says.
At least 213 people were reportedly killed on Wednesday in a nerve gas attack by Syrian government forces near the capital Damascus, activists said. Warning: Graphic images and video.
U.S. has concluded Assad used chemical weapons, but no details yet on the specific military support that will be provided.
“Stay calm, do not panic.”
Mentions successes in Libya and in killing Osama bin Laden in the same breath as Syria.
The president won’t specify which options are actually on the table after evidence of chemical weapons by Assad’s regime. “I’ve got to make sure I have the facts.”
Fears the public announcement of evidence of chemical weapons may provoke Assad.