Syria Misses Deadline To Hand Over Chemical Weapons

Syria Misses Deadline To Hand Over Chemical Weapons
(Damascus) -- Syria has missed a key deadline for handing over its toxic materials to a chemical weapons watchdog group. The U.S. and Russia had reached a deal last October requiring Syria to give up its chemical weapons stockpile by today. The deal was reached after the U.S. threatened to lead a missile strike against President Bashar al-Assad's regime for a sarin gas attack near Damascus that left hundreds dead. Syria also missed a December 31st deadline to hand over its most poisonous chemical agents.
So far, only about four-percent of what Syria declared to the chemical weapons watchdog has been transported out of the country. Syrian officials blame the delay on security problems and the potential for rebel attacks on truckloads of chemicals headed for a northern port.