January 8, 2013

How the World Averted a Syrian Chemical Crisis

Schmitt & Sanger, New York Times

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In briefings, administration officials were told that if Syria’s increasingly desperate president, Bashar al-Assad, ordered the weapons to be used, they could be airborne in less than two hours — too fast for the United States to act, in all likelihood. What followed next, officials said, was a remarkable show of international cooperation over a civil war in which the United States, Arab states, Russia and China have almost never agreed on a common course of action.

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TAGGED: Jordan, Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel, China, Russia, Barack Obama, United States, Middle East, WMD, Syria, chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad

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