Revealing the true goal of Syria’s chemical weapons: Terror

Graeme Wood is a staff writer at the Atlantic and the author of “The Way of the Strangers: Encounters With the Islamic State.”

to its supposed dismantling. Pressured by his ally Russia, Assad pledged to surrender his sarin and did in fact let the United States neutralize tens of thousands of gallons of it — enough to kill every Syrian many times over. But he kept a secret...

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