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Aaron Alexis, a Navy veteran, shot and killed 12 people and wounded 14 more at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.; he was killed during the melee and his motive is unknown. The UN investigative report on the Aug. 21 chemical attack in Damascus concluded that sarin gas was used in surface-to-surface missiles in the area; the US and the UK insisted that the Assad regime had conducted the attack, and Russia differed, asking why no rebels were among the casualties. Following the report, UN Ambassador Samantha Power dismissed the claim that insurgents launched the attack as one that "defies logic." President Obama signed an order to help protect Syrians against chemical weapon attacks by providing protective gear and training.
The US and Russia have reached an agreement for the elimination of Syria's chemical weapons by mid-2014. Under the agreement, the Assad regime must deliver a complete list of the types, quantity, and locations of Syria's chemical-weapons stockpiles to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons by Sept. 20. The option remains for punitive action against the regime for noncompliance.
US officials are now signaling they will allow for weeks of diplomacy on the Syrian chemical weapons issue, although they say the option of a military strike remains on the table. They also said they will not insist on including the threat of force in a draft UN Security Council resolution, as doing so would ensure a Russian veto.