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Syria Agrees to Hand Over Chemical Weapons

Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday  accepted a Russian proposal to put his country’s  chemical weapons arsenal under international control.

Iran and China immediately backed the 11th hour proposal, which comes as  President Obama and  Congress continue to  struggle with how to respond to the Syrian government’s deadly gas attack on civilians.

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with Russian officials  that his government quickly “agreed to the Russian initiative,” adding that Syria cooperated to “uproot U.S. aggression.”

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Tuesday that Russia is now working with Syria to prepare a detailed plan of action, which will be presented shortly. . .

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