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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Syria's foreign fighters

November 5th, 2013
01:24 PM ET

Al Qaeda has swept to power with the aim of imposing a strict Islamist ideology on Syrians across large swathes of Syria's rebel-held north, according to a CNN survey of towns, activists and analysts that reveals an alarming increase in al Qaeda-linked control in just the past month.

Al Qaeda-backed militants known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) are the predominant military force in northern Syria, according to activists and seasoned observers, and have a powerful influence over the majority of population centers in the rebel-held north.

Becky speaks to EU Counterterrorism Coordinator Gilles de Kerchove tells us what's being done to stem the flow of jihadis into Syria.

Syria's weapons: How did we get here?

November 1st, 2013
03:49 PM ET

Syria has destroyed all its declared chemical weapons mixing, filling and production facilities, and all of the chemical weapons at inspected sites have been placed under seal, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Thursday.

The watchdog body's announcement of the facilities' destruction means that the first deadline has been met in an ambitious program to eliminate the country's entire chemical weapons stockpile by the middle of next year.

The joint United Nations-OPCW mission visited 21 out of 23 sites, the OPCW statement said, and 39 of the 41 facilities at those sites.

The remaining two sites were too dangerous for the inspectors to go to, it said, but Syria had declared those sites as abandoned. The chemical weapons equipment there was moved to other sites, which were inspected.

Read: Syria has met first chemical weapons destruction deadline, OPCW says

Becky reports on the key events in the timeline of Syria's chemical weapons.

 

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