The U.S. and Russia say they've reached a breakthrough in negotiations, setting up a framework for Syria to get rid of its chemical weapons.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov have come to an agreement on the size and scope of the Assad regime's arsenal of chemical weapons.
Those details underpin the rough outline of a plan to have the chemical weapons destroyed or removed from Syria by the middle of next year.
"We have reached a shared assessment of the amount and type of chemical weapons possessed by the Assad regime, and we are committed to the rapid assumption of control, by the international community, of those weapons," Kerry said.
They also agree that a resolution will be passed by the United Nations Security Council to compel Syria if the Assad regime refuses to comply, and that the U.S. retains the right to order military strikes.