WASHINGTON — The long-awaited destruction of Syrian chemical weapons began yesterday and was the result of U.S. President Barack Obama backing down to the demands of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian-supported Syrian government.
Reuters reported that a joint team of the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (known as OPCW) oversaw the destruction of chemical weapons.
Syrian government troops apparently used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy the dangerous munitions such as missile warheads. Their location was not disclosed to reporters, but there are still doubts that the Syrians are destroying all of their chemical weapons caches, as American estimates were not met by Syrian estimates.
The process will probably continue from now until the middle of 2014.
Bashar al-Assad, the president of Syria, declared the chemical weapons agreement between the U.S. and Russia a “victory” for his government regime.