Progress in destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

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  • Syria's Category 3 chemical weapons have been destroyed, the OPCW says
  • These were unfilled munitions designed to carry chemical weapons
  • Parts of buildings that housed chemical weapons facilities were also destroyed

A group of chemical weapons declared by Syria has been destroyed, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Friday.

The weapons, labeled Category 3 chemical weapons, are unfilled munitions or other equipment designated to deploy chemical agents.

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The OPCW also verified that parts of buildings that housed chemical weapons production facilities have been destroyed.

A joint OPCW-United Nations team charged with overseeing the destruction of the weapons began inspecting sites in October. The U.N. Security Council resolution that authorized the mission set a deadline of mid-2014 for Syria to destroy its chemical weapons or face consequences.

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