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        2/4/2014, Adar 4, 5774

      Russia: Syria Will Ship More Chemicals for Destruction


      Russia reported that its ally Syria would soon be shipping additional chemical weapons abroad for destruction after having been accused of delaying tactics, while activists said civilians in Aleppo have been fleeing deadly barrel bomb raids by President Assad's air force, according to a report by Reuters.

      Moscow also said today (Tuesday) that the Syrian government would be showing up at next week’s new round of peace talks, with the hopes of allaying the West’s concerns over Assad's commitment to negotiations which ended inconclusively in Geneva last week.

      The diplomatic assurances come as government forces escalate their assault on Syria's second city of Aleppo with a daily barrage of barrel bombs that activists are saying is forcing residents to flee and allowing Assad’s forces to gain ground against rebel forces, which have been weakened by weeks of infighting.

      Western analysts say Assad's free use of barrel bombs combined by his delaying the process of eliminating his chemical arsenal suggests he gives little credibility to the West taking action against him.