Syria has completed destruction of critical equipment for producing chemical weapons and filling munitions with poison gas, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Thursday.
Gunmen abducts team near the town of Saraqeb in northern Syria.
United Nations weapons inspectors released their report Monday on last week's chemical weapons attack that left over 1,400 dead.
Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to a decidedly anti-war audience in Iowa on Sunday, played down the Obama administration's pledge to use military force to rid Syria of chemical weapons.
Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States and Russia have reached agreement on a framework to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons.
Syria says it is ready to disclose the location of its chemical weapons stockpile, halt production, and show its facilities to representatives of Russia, the United Nations, and other states.
A White House official says President Barack Obama has agreed to discussions at the United Nations Security Council on a proposal from Russia to secure Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles.
Facing weak support for U.S. military action, President Barack Obama said that a plan suggested by Russia to have Syria hand over its chemical arsenal to international control could avert American strikes "if it's real."
Syria says it has accepted Russia's proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control for subsequent dismantling.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will comment briefly on the debate over potential U.S. military action in Syria when she's at the White House on Monday, according to a Clinton source.
Assad on Sunday denied again he had anything to do with the use of chemical agents,
Congress is returning to Washington on Monday after a monthlong summer break to jump right into debate and votes on a resolution giving President Barack Obama the authorization to strike Syria.
Russia's foreign minister Monday called for international talks in Moscow to promote a peace process for Syria and avert an American military strike.
Syria is a country in the Middle East and borders Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, Israel and Jordan. It has a population of approximately 22 million, according to the CIA World Factbook.
Damascus is the capital and the official language is Arabic. The country's current president is Bashar al-Asad and Wael Nader al-Halqi is the prime minister.
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