Canada recently joined the United Nations probe of Syrian chemical weapons furthering the progress of the investigation. Canada put up $2 million, announced Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird on April 7, which, according to UN and Canadian officials, has already been allocated to the operation. Russia, a member of the UN Security Council with the power to veto, has criticized the probe initiated by Western nations, by comparing it to the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq for Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs). A statement from Russia’s Foreign Ministry claims that the operation “brings to mind the line taken over an investigation into the presence of chemical weapons in Iraq, which was based on deliberately false data and led to well-known consequences.” Yet Western nations of the UN insist that the probe is necessary, as they fear Syria possesses a number of WMDs that would threaten the entire Middle East if they were to fall into the hands of rebels and terrorist groups.

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