UN experts begin weapons dismantling process in Syria
Convoy of UN vehicles carrying the experts and crossed border from Lebanon
The UN mission, which Washington and Moscow hammered out after an August 21st chemical weapons attack in Damascus prompted US threats of air strikes against the Syrian government, is expected to continue until at least mid-2014.
More than 100,000 people have died in Syria’s conflict, which began in early 2011 with peaceful demonstrations seeking more democracy but has deteriorated into sectarian civil war.
Alluding to the violence, Syria’s foreign minister yesterday compared what he described as an invasion of foreign terrorists across Syria to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Washington dismissed the remark as offensive and disingenuous.