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Syria Submits Chemical Weapons List to Watchdog

United Nations inspectors arrive in a van at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in The Hague, Aug. 31, 2013.
United Nations inspectors arrive in a van at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), in The Hague, Aug. 31, 2013.
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An international monitoring group says the Syrian government has handed over an inventory of its chemical weapons, a provision in a U.S.- Russian plan to avert a possible U.S. strike on Syria.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has received the "expected disclosure" from the Syrian government.

In a Saturday statement, the OPCW says its "technical secretariat" is reviewing the information.

On September 14 U.S. and Russian officials agreed on a framework for ending Syria's chemical weapons program that included a one-week deadline for Damascus to submit a comprehensive list of such weapons.

The plan also calls for Syria to eliminate or remove all chemical weapons material and equipment by mid-2014.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Syrian non-compliance could lead to a request for punitive action in the U.N.

Russia has opposed foreign military intervention in Syria. But Kremlin chief of staff Sergei Ivanov was quoted Saturday as saying Russia could change its position if it became convinced that Syria was "cheating" on its weapons disclosure.

A U.N. report was released on September 16 showing overwhelming evidence that chemical weapons were used in an attack near Damascus, last month. However, the report does not assess blame.

The U.S. and other Western powers have said Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out the attack. The U.S. says the attack killed more than 1,400 people.

In another development, Syrian activists say government troops backed by militia fighters have killed at least 15 people during a raid on a Sunni village in the center of the country.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday two women and a child were among those killed in the attack on Sheik Hadid village.

The group said the fighters used guns and knives to kill the residents, calling the raid a "massacre."

It said it is not clear if the rest of the men killed were rebel fighters or civilians.

Syria's government is fighting a Sunni-dominated rebel force. Over 100,000 people have been killed in the two-and-a-half-year conflict.

The conflict has prompted thousands of Syrians to flee to other countries.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
September 23, 2013 11:24 AM
This was not the border of the red line. Anybody can make up a list of sites and claim they are submitting a list of chemical weapons site. When will the weapons be seen and seen to be destroyed? Already Lavrov claims US is blackmailing Russia over Syria resolution. This is a very serious diversion. By it Russia wants to push it luck further; it wants to show a bravery in diplomacy that has been lacking for decades, which if they had been diplomatic enough, there would not have been a cold war. Now Russia has tasted the power of diplomatic jingoism, it now wants to push its luck in it too hard it will burst. Russia should stop this nonsense and allow the world finish its business in Syria on time, save lives and stop the rush of refugees into neighboring countries to ensure peace in the Middle East.

September 23, 2013 3:38 AM
This is very shameful act by so called civilized society. They have destroyed Syria completely as to achieve their goal " CHANGE REGIME". This is drama well funded by Middle East countries and act by West. We can play so many dirty games in this world because we have power of wealth, but be ready to give answer of these horrible crimes in our graves. No body will be spare by our GOD, for these killing of innocent peoples in Syria as to satisfy their personal ego.

by: km from: km
September 22, 2013 7:29 AM
Is this article on Syria serious?
Looks like the whole world is going mad!

by: Anonymous
September 21, 2013 11:49 PM
Assad was long a criminal before the chemicals came in to play. With conventional weapons. The world needs to go after him and hold assad accountable for every civilian he has murdered.

by: Whistleblower from: USA
September 21, 2013 9:52 PM
Before you believe “your” government’s lies about Syria, remember “your” government’s lies about Saddam Hussein’s “weapons of mass destruction.” Remember Washington’s lies about the Gulf of Tonkin that unleashed the Vietnam war. Remember the lies about Gaddafi and Libya. Remember the lies about 9/11, the lies about the murders of JFK, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King. Remember the Northwoods Project that the Joint Chiefs of Staff wanted President John F. Kennedy to embrace.

The Northwoods project called for shooting down US airliners, shooting down people on the streets of Miami and Washington, D.C., and strafing Cuban refugee boats in order to blame Castro and build public support for regime change in Cuba.

Sound familiar? Sound like regime change in Iraq, Libya, Syria?

The top secret Operation Northwoods plot against Cuba and the American people was officially released and is available online, as are numerous histories of the proposal by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to kill Americans in order to create support for invading Cuba. Keep this established fact in mind before you again repeat the gullible and reassuring statement: “our government wouldn’t kill its own people.”

Try to find any of Washington’s agendas about which the government spoke truthfully. The US government is so enamored of its secret agendas that Washington never speaks truth. Keep in mind that Washington’s 12 years of wars, which have doubled the US national debt and left the federal government without the means to help the rising number of Americans whose jobs have been given to foreigners and whose homes are foreclosed, have their origin in 9/11, the investigation of which was prevented by the White House.

After resisting for one year the pressure from 9/11 family members for an investigation, the White House created a political panel to listen to the government’s line and to write it down in the 9/11 Commission Report, a report promptly disavowed by both co-chairmen of the commission and the chief legal advisor, all of whom described the 9/11 commission as "set up to fail."

The Obama regime has shown no interest in investigating how the most powerful national security state of all time, a Stasi police state that spies on the entire world, could be defeated by a few Saudi Arabians, who had no support from any government or any intelligence service, or why instead of a real investigation, the Bush White House chose an orchestrated cover-up.

The US government’s claim to have killed bin Laden has a zero probability of being true. According to Pakistani eye witnesses to the attack on the alleged Osama bin Laden compound in Pakistan, the Obama regime’s claim is simply more theater, more lies.

by: Truth from: USA
September 21, 2013 12:38 PM
1400 people killed....a number greatly embellished by New World Order scum, Kerry.

by: Doris Loadburp from: UK
September 21, 2013 11:04 AM
Ironic, yet par for the course with re to MEDIA coverups, how there is no mention of the CIA's red-handed involvement in arming, funding, and training Al Qaeda, yet its all ON RECORD.

by: xzanthius from: Earth
September 21, 2013 10:44 AM
Yes yes tell us every time the Assad government kills anyone and please make sure to always try to make it ambiguous, were they rebels? were they AlQuaida? Or were they little kids?

Stupid news story. How many people were killed by us military today?

September 21, 2013 10:28 AM

by: Dr. Lenwich from: USA
September 21, 2013 10:17 AM
We all know the CIA funds, arms, and trains Al Qaeda. Your cover is blown, and the whole thing is a complete SHAM!!!
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