President Bashar al-Assad confirmed for the first time that Syria plans to give up its chemical weapons as the United States urged him and his Russian allies to quickly make good on his promise.
A Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine fighter aims his rifle in the rubble of a building in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus on September 12, 2013, following fighting against rebels forces who control 75 percent of the camp. President Bashar al-Assad confirmed for the first time that Syria plans to give up its chemical weapons.
But the long-time Syrian leader cast fresh doubt Thursday on how committed he is to a hastily-hatched plan to secure Syria's poison gas stocks by demanding that Washington first drop its threat of military action against his regime.
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