Syria ships first chemical batch
THE first batch of the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's arsenal was loaded on to a Danish ship and taken out of the country yesterday, writes Diaa Hadid in Beirut.
The operation at Syria's port of Latakia took place against the backdrop of escalating infighting between a chaotic mix of Syrian rebel brigades and an al-Qa'ida-linked militant group.
The infighting between rebel groups is concentrated in parts of northern Syria, spreading to the northeastern city of Raqqa, a bastion of the al-Qa'ida-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
The rising influence of al-Qa'ida extremists among rebel ranks has dampened US support for the rebellion, and rebel infighting is further undermining the fight against Assad.