Syria: No Chemical Attack Responsibility Claims

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Some of the attacks reportedly happened after the Aug. 21 incident that triggered threats of U.S. military action. The regime and rebels are accusing each other of the incident.

Meanwhile, the United States and Russia have agreed on a resolution calling for Syria to give up its chemical weapons.

The White House is hailing the agreement as a major breakthrough in taking the most controversial weapon off the battlefield of the world's deadliest current conflict.

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"Two weeks ago the Syrian regime had not even acknowledged the existence of its chemical weapons stockpile," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Powers said. "But tonight we have a shared draft resolution that is the outcome of intense diplomacy and negotiations over the past two weeks."

The resolution is legally binding, but does not threaten military action if Syria fails to comply with the agreement. The hard work of destroying Syria's stockpile of dangerous weapons will be formidable.

International monitors must inspect all suspected sites, destroy all equipment used to produce and mix chemical weapons and have it all completed by the middle of next year.

"This is a chemical weapons program that I don't have to tell you that has sat precariously in one of the most volatile countries, in one of the most horrific civil wars the world has ever seen in a very long time," Powers said.

Meanwhile, civil war rages on. In Damascus this morning, shortly after Friday prayers, a massive car bomb north of the capital killed at least 30 people and injured dozens.

More than 100,000 people have been killed and another 7 million driven from their homes since the Syrian conflict began in March 2011.

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