In 2013, the US and Russia brokered a deal to rid Syrian-regime leader Assad of all of the chemical weapons in his holding. This was met with great public acceptance, and the US government spoke broadly of its success in eliminating all of the weapons. However, with the recent rise in chemical weapons use, and especially the recent attacks in Syria which killed at least 85 people, it has come to the general public’s knowledge that the 2013 news wasn’t fully accurate.
Chemical weapons are again in use by Assad, and some are saying that Russia is complicit. These are horrible weapons that cause such terrible destruction, and it frustrates me that something of such important was falsely portrayed to the general public. Now, the US must try to solve this problem a second time, which may not be so easy.
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