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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Assad's gassing continues

IN 2013 Barack Obama made an unsavoury bargain with Bashar Assad, brokered by Russia, the latter’s ally. America went back on its pledge to strike Mr Assad’s regime for having used sarin against Syrians in Damascus that summer (something Mr Assad denies). In return the regime agreed to dismantle its chemical weapons programme.
On paper the deal was a success: to date, 98% of the country’s banned substances have been destroyed, and Syria has joined the treaty against their use. Yet, as is his way, Mr Assad still appears to be making a mockery of the agreement...

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