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Syria Misses Deadline On Chemical Weapons

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February 05, 2014 AT 11:09 AM
Syria has missed another deadline for destroying its chemical weapons Wednesday amid a British report that Bashar Assad's regime is stockpiling the weaponry for use in case the country is partitioned. Syria agreed last year to turn over its chemical weapons to the United Nations as Western powers were threatening to attack the country for using the weapons on neighborhoods where rebels against his regime were hiding out. Hundreds of women and children died in the attacks in what President Obama had called a "red line" that would force him to consider military action. But Obama backed down after Russia offered to broker a deal with its ally Assad and get him to agree to relinquish his chemical weapons stockpiles.