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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Syria ships first chemical batch

A man carries a baby who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh (SYRIA - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A baby is rescued after a strike in Damascus

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.

Irish Independent

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