US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) leans towards Israel’s prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu while speaking to the media at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, Israel, yesterday. Kerry sent a strong warning to Syria, saying “the threat of force is real” if it does not carry out an internationally brokered agreement to hand over its chemical weapons. Photograph: Larry Downing/AP Photo

Syrian reconciliation minister Ali Haidar has called the US- Russian agreement to assume control of and destroy the country’s chemical arsenal “a vict(...)