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Syria misses Deadline to hand over Toxic Chemicals

WASHINGTON — Syria missed a crucial deadline to hand over the toxic chemicals to the United Nations chemical weapons watchdog organization.

20130907_SYRIA_assad_2013_LARGE [1]Reuters reported [2] that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said that the chemical weapons program to disarm [3] and get rid of Syria’s stockpile is now behind schedule.

The prearranged deadline of June 30 is now in jeopardy with the delay. The chemical weapons agreement was struck last October between Russia and the U.S. [4], which was condemned by some as a weak move by U.S. President Barack Obama. Russia claimed that their Syrian ally will send additional supplies this week, but international observers say that is far-fetched.

No additional shipments were made after the last one on January 27th, 2014 and Syria missed a previous deadline to get rid of dangerous chemicals like mustard gas and sarin. Only 4% of their known stockpile have been given over to the watchdog body.

It was a part of a move to prevent an American-led missile strike against the dictatorial Syrian government led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.