BEIRUT — International inspectors overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile have missed an early deadline in a tight schedule after security concerns prevented them from visiting two sites linked to Damascus’ chemical program.
Experts from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were to have checked all 23 of Syria’s declared chemical sites by Sunday, but the organization said Monday that inspectors have visited only 21 because of security issues.
While there are no consequences for missing the deadline, the group’s failure to meet it underscores the ambitious timeline as well as the risks its inspectors face in carrying out their mission in the middle of Syria’s civil war. The organization did not say who was responsible for the security problems. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.