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Experts report progress in Syria

Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

BEIRUT (AP) – International inspectors racing to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile said Thursday they have made “encouraging initial progress” in their mission, and they hope to start onsite inspections and to begin disabling equipment within a week.

An advance team of disarmament experts arrived in Syria on Tuesday to begin laying the foundations for a broader operation charged with dismantling and ultimately destroying President Bashar Assad’s chemical program over the next 9 months. The first step in the undertaking – endorsed by a United Nations Security Council resolution last week – is to scrap Syria’s capacity to manufacture chemical weapons by Nov. 1.

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