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Syria moves forward to meet U.N. deadline of chemical weapons removal

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A report from the U.N. and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) details the two attempted attacks on certain Syrian locations in January rendered removal of the deadly sarin gas chemical impossible, released by Reuters late Thursday.

President Bashar al-Assad agreed to destroy his chemical weapons of the deadly chemical, sarin, in Syria after warnings of military airstrike from President Obama, global outcry and demands at the U.N. last August with final intervention from Russia.

There is a June 30 deadline but Bashar has asked for a 100-day plan to push it out although the U.N. and OPCW counter that starting in March would meet the deadline.

This report released today shows the elusive stability to perform the tasks of transporting the deadly chemicals by the U.N. OPCW. The attempted convoy attacks is shroud in mystery without release of any specific locations or details. However, since the site was listed as dangerous and unable to provide security for a visit of the OPCW inspectors, a report detailing the list of chemicals from that site was verified at another site to where it was sent and secured for report accountability. The U.N. OPCW has the report.

Under the OPCW timetable of June 30, all of Syria's declared chemical weapons must be destroyed. Most of the chemicals are supposed to be transported to the port of Latakia, where they will be shipped out of the country which is provided by guidance from the U.N. OPCW via ships from the US, Denmark, Norway, China and Russia with equipment capable of neutralizing the chemical.

The monthly report from the U.N. OPCW for January states, ‘Measurable progress has been made over the last months in the destruction of critical equipment and special features at a number of chemical weapons production facilities, as well as unfilled chemical munitions.’ The report also states, 'as a result, the production, mixing and filling capabilities of the Syrian Arab Republic have been rendered inoperable.’

If the deadline is not met and all weapons accounted, the U.N. would be back in council to determine any time extensions.

The US global human rights report on the Syrian tragedy of internal war which has waged three years in March classifies Syria's civil war a tragedy that ‘stands apart in its scope and human cost’. The report lists a death toll from the gas attacks last August of 1,429 people including children and lists it as ‘one of the many horrors’ in war.

The report gave condemnation for the government of Syria, where more than 140,000 people have been killed and millions more forced to flee since March 2011. Jordan has had hundreds of thousands of refugees in make shift camps inside its borders.

When King Abdullah II of Jordan visited with leaders at the State Department, the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill in mid-February he discussed issues of the Middle East, which included his disappointment to get farther along in dealing with the Syrian refugee issue.

The King and President Obama discussed the situation at their meeting February 14 at Sunnyland in California before the King returned to Jordan.

To find more articles on the Syrian strife and chemical weapons see the list of articles below in Author’s suggestions and view the video atop this article from the U.N. updating the removal of chemical weapons,



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