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The international effort to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is unprecedented for its tight deadline and dangerous security situation.
Iraq is the only other country that has been forced to surrender its chemical weapons.
The UN Security Council reached a draft resolution on Syria's chemical weapons stockpile and Iran is showing new openness to discussing its controversial nuclear program.
Turkey is openly opposed to the Assad regime and has supported rebel groups, allowing weapons to cross the Turkish border to Assad's chagrin.
The UN report on chemical weapons in Syria is expected to confirm an attack occurred – not identify who carried it out.
Russia pushed Syria to agree to put its chemical stockpile under international control. But Putin's government is opposing a UN resolution that would outline strict consequences for Syria if it doesn't comply.