Russia has seized upon an apparently spontaneous comment made by US Secretary of State John Kerry to push for Syria to turn over its chemical weapons. If Syria did so, the US would not attack it, Kerry said.
Turkey says it has "never used chemical weapons" after claims it used a toxic gas during an offensive in Afrin, Syria. Local doctors had been quoted as saying they treated people for exposure to chemical gases.
Syrian forces have launched a series of rocket attacks and airstrikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta, where 500 civilians have been killed in the past week. A UN vote on a ceasefire has been delayed.
Washington's top diplomat has accused Moscow of breaching "its commitments" to destroy Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles, following reports of a new attack near Damascus. Syria has dismissed the reports as "lies."
The Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria is under attack by Turkey. According to a Kurdish affairs expert, because Kurds can't rely on foreign powers, they have allied with the Assad regime purely out of self-defense.
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