Syrian official says Assad accepts proposal to turn over chemical weapons

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Syria’s foreign minister said Tuesday that President Bashar Assad has accepted a Russian proposal to turn over control of Syria’s chemical weapons, potentially opening the door to defusing a stand-off with the United States as President Obama indicates he’s willing to give the “diplomatic track” a try.

According to the Associated Press, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem said Tuesday after meeting with the Russian Parliament speaker that his government’s officials quickly agreed to the Russian initiative to “derail the U.S. aggression.”

At the same time, the Assad regime continued to pound the opposition with conventional weapons, demonstrating that a settlement to the bloody civil war could still be a long way off. The AP released authenticated images on Tuesday showing smoke rising from buildings in a district of Damascus after heavy shelling.

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