Monday, September 16, 2013

Back to school in Syria as threat of U.S. strike subsides

Thousands of Syrian school children started their academic year on time on Sunday after concern that schools would not open on schedule due to threats of a U.S. military strike.

In Damascus, many school buildings had been transformed into barracks to house personnel fleeing military sites that could be targets in a strike that U.S. President Barack Obama said would be punishment for an alleged chemical attack on August 21.

By Sunday morning most soldiers had moved out, in a sign that President Bashar al-Assad's government no longer fears strikes following a deal negotiated by the United States and Russia under which he would destroy his chemical arsenal.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/15/us-syria-crisis-schools-idUSBRE98E0AF20130915

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