Thursday, November 7, 2013

Update From Syria


The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has been able to verify a previously inaccessible Syrian chemical weapons site, leaving one of the country's 23 declared sites remaining. The site in northern Aleppo province, as declared by Syria "was confirmed as dismantled and long abandoned with the building showing extensive battle damage." According to the inspectors, the findings were based on photographs and footage from "sealed cameras used by Syrian personnel." Syrian officials began talks at the OPCW headquarters in The Haque on Wednesday aiming to finalize a detailed destruction plan by November 15. The talks have come a day after U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power suggested the Syrian government might not have declared its entire chemical weapons program to the OPCW. Meanwhile, Syrian state television and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the Syrian army backed by Hezbollah fighters and other militias overtook Sbeineh, a major rebel enclave south of Damascus, after a year-long siege. The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) also made gains, seizing parts of a large arms depot in Homs after over two weeks of clashes with government forces. 

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