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State Department excuses Syria's failure to comply with chemical weapons deadline

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Syria's failure to meet "a Dec. 31 deadline for the removal of part of its chemical weapons arsenal" drew a benign reaction from President Obama 's team at the State Department, which excused dictator Bashar Assad 's tardiness. "We always knew this was going to be a complicated process," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters during Monday's briefing. "What we've always...