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Syria’s Chemical Weapons Are Gone. What Now?

•, By Jo Erickson
 In a “no questions asked” deal, President Bashar al-Assad not only agreed to destroy the machinery used to produce chemical weapons, but also time-table the destruction of secret stockpiles of 1,000 metric tons of deadly chemicals. The question remains if this is enough for the U.S. to turn a blind eye to the killing of civilians in Syria, regardless of which side is guilty?

This week the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemicals Weapons says it “is now satisfied that it has verified — and seen destroyed — all of Syria’s declared critical production and mixing/filling equipment.” But according to Human Rights watch, Assad isn’t alone in killing and torturing hundreds of civilians. In this brutal Syrian conflict there are many factions and rebel groups vying for control of regions.

Fighting among the rebel groups has escalated and is threatening to spill the conflict across the borders of Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon.

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