Assad’s Chemical Weapons List ‘Surprisingly Thorough’: Dozens of Sites Disclosed

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Officials say Syrian President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons list is “surprising thorough” and included dozens of sites where poison gas is produced or stored.

In compliance with the Sept. 14 agreement in Geneva between the United States and Russia, Assad provided Western officials with the disclosure over the weekend to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Those familiar with the list called it “a serious document.”

There are about 45 sits on the list. Officials say, however, they know that the list can’t be full disclosure.

"It's not necessarily 100 percent accurate, and we aren't naive — we don't know what we don't know," one anonymous official told the Los Angeles Times. "We are still looking at it, but it seems interesting."

White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes called the list “a positive step” towards Syria following the agreement, which should eventually lead to the country turning over its chemical weapons to international control.

Rhodes cautioned that there must be strict punitive measures taken if Assad stops cooperating.

“There need to be consequences for noncompliance,” Rhodes told reporters. “We would want to see the strongest enforcement possible.”

Syria still has not accepted the blame for a chemical attack in Damascus that killed 1,400 civilians, including 400 children, on Aug. 21.

Sources: Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times