Syria readies chemical hand-over

The Washington Post

Syria appears to be moving its chemical weapons to a small number of central locations, U.S. officials say, in a sign that the regime is preparing to cooperate with an international effort to rapidly destroy its entire arsenal of deadly toxins.

The movement of chemicals and equipment in recent days — which initially spurred fears that Syrian officials were trying to hide parts of their stockpile — suggests instead that the weapons are being consolidated ahead of the first visit by inspection teams.