Syria Chemical Weapons Team Can't Reach 2 Key Sites
First weapons deadline may be missed
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 28, 2013 10:52 PM CDT
Updated Oct 29, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
A chemical weapons expert works at a chemical weapons plant at an unknown location in Syria.    (AP Photo/SANA)

(Newser) – The Nobel Peace Prize-winning group tasked with inspecting Syrian chemical weapons sites and destroying production equipment may miss the first major deadline of its mission. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says it has visited 21 of 23 sites disclosed by the Syrian government, but security concerns have kept them away from the final two and a ceasefire may be necessary for them to access the sites, the Wall Street Journal reports.

It's not clear where the final two sites are, but experts believe they are in the town of Safira, in a heavily contested area near Aleppo. The facilities there are believed to be the country's largest and most modern. United Nations Resolution 2118 calls for Syria's chemical weapons production equipment to be destroyed by midnight Friday and stockpiles to be disposed of by mid-2014. UN chief Ban Ki-moon says that despite the snag, the mission is on course and the Syrian regime "has extended consistent, constructive cooperation," reports Al Jazeera.

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serfinWI
Oct 29, 2013 11:17 AM CDT
Duh. Sending inspectors into a war torn zone and working with the Russians and Syrians. This would have been news a few months ago, when we remembered the Red Line, but now we are distracted by his majesty's next debacle. He knows we can only handle one of his man caused disasters at a time. Just waiting for the next distraction, to make us forget that we are paying 10X more for our health care. Betcha he can't wait for a weather-caused disaster, that would be handy. Although, it'll be his debt ceiling, caused by a no-budget passed senate.
Spudsy
Oct 29, 2013 10:15 AM CDT
As a reborn GOP voter, I demand to know how you expect our defense contractors to make money and add to the deficit if we aren't killing anyone?
Bill Inaz
Oct 29, 2013 5:52 AM CDT
"It's not clear where the final two sites are..." Well, at least they've identified part of the problem.