Current Event Cat of the Day: Syrian Inspectors Fail in Their Mission

Current Event Cat - Weapons Inspectors

International chemical weapons inspectors in Syria have missed their October 27 deadline to visit all the chemical sites.

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons fell short of visiting all 23 sites identified by the Syrian government. Instead they have only completed verification of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal at 21 of the sites. Time to return the Nobel Prize…

But the Nobel Prize crew might be able to forgive these Inspector Slackers since the only reason they haven’t been able to visit the remaining two sites is because they are in “contested areas” in Syria’s civil war. And I suppose they did find some good stuff (or bad stuff if you’re a Syrian civilian living in Damascas) in the 21 visited sites. The inspectors found 18 chemical weapons production facilities, 12 chemical weapons storage facilities, eight mobile units to fill chemical weapons, and three chemical-weapons facilities. I think it’s pretty safe to say at this point that Syria has chemical weapons.

Meanwhile, on the Syrian civilian front there’s some good news and bad news. The good news is that thousands of starving Syrian civilians have finally been allowed to leave the besieged Damascus suburb of Muadhamiya – which had previously been closed off by government blockades. The Syrian army had given them two choices: surrender or starve. Now, after months of eating grass, cats, dogs and donkeys, they’ve been given another option: flee.

As for the bad news, the Polio outbreak is Syria has been confirmed. The UN’s health agency as confirmed 10 polio cases in northeast Syria, the first confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious disease in the country in 14 years.

Via: The New York Times & BBC

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