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Syria Surrenders Last of Chemical Weapons for Destruction

Well I’ll be damned: according to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Syria has surrendered the last of its chemical weapons stockpile for destruction.

The last eight percent of the stockpile was being held at a site formerly claimed too dangerous to access due to warfare between the government and rebel forces. The site was recently secured, and its chemical weapons taken by truck to the Syrian port of Latakia, where it will be destroyed at sea.

The Syrian government agreed to the elimination of its stockpile last fall amid threats of airstrikes from the U.S., after Secretary of State John Kerryperhaps accidentally, perhaps not — floated the idea at a press conference. Expectations were not high for Syria’s cooperation with the plan, especially after the Assad government missed its first deadline.

[h/t Reuters]

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