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9/17/2013 (11 months ago)

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Syrians caught in conflict bemoan 'that the world does not care about Syria'

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is secretly hiding his chemical weapons outside Syria in order to prevent his arsenal from being destroyed, a rebel leader has claimed. It's suspected that the ruthless dictator took his arsenal across the border to Lebanon and Iraq to evade a possible inspection. Government forces were said to have acted after the U.S. and Russia agreed to secure and eliminate the weapons, which was hailed by the regime as a "victory."

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must turn over full details of the country's chemical weapons stockpile within a week, or face U.N. enforcement which could lead to further conflict.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must turn over full details of the country's chemical weapons stockpile within a week, or face U.N. enforcement which could lead to further conflict.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/17/2013 (11 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Syria, chemical weapons, hiding stash, Iraq, Lebanon


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We have told our friends that the regime has begun moving a part of its chemical weapons arsenal to Lebanon and Iraq. We told them do not be fooled," the head of the Syrian opposition's supreme military council, General Salim Idris says.

Idris criticized the U.S.-Russian deal for allowing Assad to escape being held to account for killing hundreds of civilians. "All of this initiative does not interest us. Russia is a partner with the regime in killing the Syrian people.

Mothers mourn during a symbolic Free Syrian Army funeral held in Aleppo today as the government welc

Mothers mourn during a symbolic Free Syrian Army funeral held in Aleppo today as the government welcomes a deal which seeks to destroy the country's chemical weapons.


"A crime against humanity has been committed and there is not any mention of accountability." Idris' comments came after one of Assad's ministers, Ali Haidar, claimed the deal was a victory for the regime.

"On the one hand, it helps Syria come out of the crisis and on the other, it helps avoid war. It's a victory for Syria," Haidar said.

Mourners attend the symbolic funeral today as US Secretary of State John Kerry warns the threat of f

Mourners attend the symbolic funeral today as US Secretary of State John Kerry warns the threat of force is imminent if Assad fails to comply with agreement.


In addition, a government minister has praised their "Russian friends" for brokering the deal which seeks to destroy Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. If Syria complies, America agrees not to launch military strikes.

President al-Assad must turn over full details of the country's chemical weapons stockpile within a week, or face U.N. enforcement which could lead to further conflict.

Mourners unite at a Syrian Free Army symbolic funeral held in Aleppo today as rebel brigades continu

Mourners unite at a Syrian Free Army symbolic funeral held in Aleppo today as rebel brigades continue to join forces amid fears 'the world does not care about Syria.'


"These agreements ... are a victory for Syria, achieved thanks to our Russian friends," Haidar said.

President Bashar al-Assad's jets and artillery hit rebel suburbs of the capital again this past weekend in an attack that residents said began last week, when President Obama delayed air strikes in the face of opposition from Moscow and his own electorate.

Syrian rebel brigades celebrate joining forces while reports indicate the free fighters have express

Syrian rebel brigades celebrate joining forces while reports indicate the free fighters have expressed disdain for President Obama's decision to shy away from military action.


Rebel brigades have expressed haughty disregard for President Obama and his government after shying away from military intervention against al-Assad's regime.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, however sent a strong warning to Syria, insisting "the threat of force is real" if it does not carry out an internationally-brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons.

Kerry issued the warning in Jerusalem, where he briefed jittery Israeli leaders on the new American-Russian plan to rid neighboring Syria of its chemical weapons by mid-2014.

Members of rebel brigades flash the sign of victory from the top of a tank during a ceremony to mark

Members of rebel brigades flash the sign of victory from the top of a tank during a ceremony to mark an agreement to unite the of forces Liwad al-Tawid and Liwad al- Fatah.


In comments aimed at his hosts, Kerry said the deal also served as a "marker" for the international community as it deals with Iran's suspect nuclear program. "We cannot have hollow words in the conduct of international affairs," he added.

"These are crimes against humanity and they cannot be tolerated," Kerry warned.

In a deal meant to avert a threatened US military strike, US and Russian officials reached an ambitious agreement over the weekend calling for an inventory of Syria's chemical weapons program within one week. All parts of Syria's chemical weapons program will be removed from the country or destroyed by mid-2014.

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