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Destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons has begun

6 October 2013 No Comment

With all eyes seemingly on the U.S. government “shutdown” elsewhere in the world the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons program has begun. According to a press release from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the United Nations:

The process of destroying Syria’s chemical weapons programme began today.

Under the supervision of experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, supported by the United Nations, Syrian personnel used cutting torches and angle grinders to destroy or disable a range of items. This included missile warheads, aerial bombs and mixing and filling equipment. The process will continue in the coming days.

International inspectors from the OPCW supported by a team from the UN are monitoring, verifying and reporting on Syria’s compliance with international demands to destroy chemical weapons stockpiles and production facilities.

6 October 2013


In case you missed this, according to the Turkish newspaper Aydinlik Daily  the Turkish parliament adopted the renewal of a motion from 2012 that authorized the AKP administration of Prime Minister Erdogan to launch military strikes, including preemptive attacks against Turkey´s neighbor Syria.

The motion, which was adopted on 4 October 2012, shall, according to Turkey´s government, ensure the country´s security and interests in the case of a situation, from which it later would be difficult to recover. The formulation thus allows Turkey to launch what is generally described as preemptive military strikes against Syria. The authorization also authorizes the government to unilaterally decide the scope and extend of an eventual military intervention.

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