Chemical Weapons 'Deal' Offers Exit, But War Risks Remain
BMI View: The momentum for US airstrikes on Syria has waned for now, following Damascus' acceptance of a Russian proposal that Syria gives up its chemical weapons. However, the challenges of implementing the 'deal' are formidable, meaning that Washington will keep the military option on the table.
The Syrian crisis has taken a turn away from US military action, at least for the time being, with Damascus having agreed to a Russian proposal that it gives up its chemical weapons. The proposal has also won the support of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. US President Barack Obama himself has now postponed a decision on airstrikes against Syria, as he awaits the drafting of a UN resolution aimed at removing chemical weapons from Syria.
Implementation Could Be Tricky, To Say The Least