Destruction of Syria's Chemical Weapons Begins
Inspectors have 9 months to destroy 1K tons
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 6, 2013 5:39 PM CDT
A convoy of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons prepares to cross into Syria at the Lebanese border.   (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

(Newser) – And it's on: Disarmament experts have begun the massive undertaking that is dismantling and destroying Syria's estimated 1,000-ton stockpile of chemical weapons. The UN-endorsed inspectors have only nine months to get rid of the entire arsenal—the tightest deadlines the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has ever faced, the AP reports. And it has to do the whole thing in the middle of a civil war, to boot.

The 20-person advance team has been in the country for five days, but today was when the disarmament began in earnest. The group says it oversaw local workers as they used cutting torches, angle grinders, and disc saws to dismantle items like missile warheads and aerial bombs, and disable mixing and filling equipment. "Let it be clear that it is the Syrians who do the actual destroying while we monitor, observe, verify, and report," an official from the mission tells Reuters. The team will grow to 100 inspectors in the future.

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MattB
Oct 7, 2013 8:08 AM CDT
Yea, lets be clear, so if anything walks off it is not on use.... BS!
LibertyReloaded
Oct 6, 2013 10:53 PM CDT
Syria, Libya and next Iran, these war criminals are addicted to the dollar sending people in like cannon fodder, while the sheep cheer and praise it's just another day in the USA. Installing a federal reserve system, so the bankers can fist em'.
daveca
Oct 6, 2013 8:39 PM CDT
Interesting the Main Sleaze Media havent said a PEEP about this The Russians floated the lie the Rebels did it, the internet came alive with the lie, the MSM picked it up. I talked with an internation chem/bio weapons expert who said it was impossible for the Rebels to have used them, as it takes great technical skill to get and deploy them through the delivery systems - its not as simple as lobbing a can of gas.