1. Geraint Vincent

Syria must hand chemical weapons details by tomorrow

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons will only say they have received some documentation and that there is more to come

Under the terms of that plan agreed by the US and Russia, the Assad government must provide a comprehensive list of the nature and location of all of its chemical weapons by the end of tomorrow.

A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, inspects one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack. Credit: Reuters/Mohammad Abdullah

Chemical weapons are very much the ugly crown jewels in the Assad defence set-up. His father spent decades building them up in response to the Israeli nuclear threat.

You look at the last ten years of history in the Middle East, what happens to dictators who surrender their weapons of mass destruction or even elect inspectors into having a look at them. If Assad was in a position of strength, he would not be giving up one drop of his nerve agent.