Syria arms material destroyed

The global chemical weapons watchdog has said that all of Syria's declared chemical weapons production, mixing and filling equipment has been destroyed.

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Syria 'can no longer build' new chemical weapons

The first stage in destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpiles has been completed, according to an official from the international watchdog OPCW.

OPCW weapons inspectors, seen here in a convoy in Damascus, have verified 21 of 23 sites declared by Syria Credit: REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

The announcement comes a day before the deadline set by the Hague-based organisation to destroy or "render inoperable" all equipment for making new chemical weapons.

Syria's weapons stockpiles - consisting of an estimated 1,000 metric tons of chemicals including mustard gas and the nerve agent sarin - must be destroyed by the middle of next year, under the plan submitted by government.

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