Syria arsenal largely 'unweaponised': Report
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Syria's stockpile of chemical agents is largely "unweaponised" and could be eradicated more quickly than initially thought, the Washington Post reported on Thursday citing a confidential US and Russian assessment.
The report said American and Russian officials now believe Syria's entire arsenal could be dismantled within a nine-month timeframe, and that the unweaponised state of the chemicals made it less likely they could be hidden or seized by terrorist organisations.
The Post cited two unnamed people who had been briefed on the analysis. The report came as the United States and Russia agreed a landmark draft UN Security Council resolution on destroying Syria's chemical weapons.
The resolution would be the first passed by the 15-member council since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011.