The United States’ annual “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices” has condemned the Syrian government calling the country’s civil war a tragedy that “stands apart in its scope and human cost.” The report highlighted a chemical weapons attack it says killed 1,429 people as “one of the many horrors” of the war. In a report to the United Nations and Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons joint mission, the Syrian government said two attempted attacks on chemical weapons convoys on January 27 and ongoing military activities contributed to its failure to meet a February 5 deadline for the transport of all of its chemical arsenal out of the country. Syria has proposed a new timetable to remove its chemical weapons by the end of April. Read more: