UN chemical weapons team to return to Syria
On Tuesday, Sigrid Kaag, the special coordinator for the mission to dismantle Syria’s chemicals, told the United Nations Security Council that the team would follow up on the task in September.
A joint mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the UN is responsible for the mission.
On Tuesday, experts from the OPCW held a meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut to discuss the destruction of 12 production sites in Syria over a six-month course.
On September 14, Russia and the United States agreed on a deal under which Syria would have its chemical weapons eliminated and the US would in return not carry out planned strikes on the Arab country.
The war rhetoric against Syria intensified after foreign-backed opposition forces accused the government of President Bashar al-Assad of launching a chemical attack on militant strongholds in the suburbs of the capital Damascus on August 21.
Damascus has vehemently denied the accusations, saying the attack was carried out by the militants themselves as a false-flag operation.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are supporting the militants operating inside the country.
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