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Afghan Taliban vows justice for communist regime mass killers




Chemical Disarmament Won't Be Easy




A suicide bomber killed two policemen and seriously injured two more in an attack outside a police headquarters in Khuchni in Dagestan. Chechnya's interior minister said that Chechen jihadists are entering Syria via Turkey and Azerbaijan. President Putin said Russia would offer security assistance to Tajikistan along its Afghan border; he also warned that any foreign military intervention in Syria would be "aggression" that violated international law. Russia formally handed over control of the Bushehr nuclear plant to Iran.




Russia offered to send a small detachment of observers to Syria to help with the destruction of its chemical weapons arsenal. Foreign Minister Lavrov accused the US, UK, and France of trying to "blackmail" Russia by threatening to pull out of the chemical weapons disposal deal unless Russia supports a UN resolution authorizing military action against the Assad regime. He said the US and Russia previously agreed that there would be no UN resolution until the OCPW issues a statement on Syria's chemical arsenal.




Russian rebels in Syria 'pose threat to Olympics'




Plenty of money for weapons in Syria, little for refugees




Syria groundwork began months ago




President Putin said he could not be "100 percent" sure the Assad regime would follow through on the deal to surrender its chemical arms but that recent moves by the regime "inspire confidence." Defense Minister Shoigu said Russia does not currently plan to dispose of Syrian chemical weapons on its own territory under the Russian-US deal.




Syria moves chemical weapons again, motive unclear




France turns to crowdsourcing to fight Mali aid corruption




Foreign Minister Lavrov said Syria has recently given him evidence that the rebels conducted the gas attack in Damascus on Aug. 21; he promised to turn it over to the UN. The president's chief of staff said Russia has never supplied warheads with sarin to any country, and that the type of rocket with Cyrillic lettering cited in the UN report on the gas attack was made in the 1950s and 1960s and supplied to many countries, including Libya.




Russia handed materials by Syrian regime implicating rebels in chemical attack




Three policemen were killed and four were injured by a suicide car bombing outside a police station in Sernovodsk in Chechnya. Another suicide bombing outside a police station was foiled in Ordzhonikidzevskaya in neighboring Ingushetia, and two police officers were wounded in a separate incident in Ingushetia when a car carrying insurgents they were chasing detonated. A moderate Muslim civil and religious activist was assassinated in the Dagestani city of Kizlyar.




Inside White House, a Reversal on Syrian Arms




Lessons from Iraq, Libya loom large as diplomats ponder Syrian weapons probe




Russia Preparing Patrols of Arctic Shipping Lanes




Pentagon in Back Seat as Kerry Leads Charge




US, Russia strike deal on Syria chemical weapons




Syrian weapons destruction may not take so long: US expert




Norway takes credit for Russia's Syria solution