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US finishes neutralising Syria's 'worst chemical arms'

A specially equipped US ship has finished neutralising all 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria's chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community this year to avert threatened air strikes, the Pentagon has said.

It said the Cape Ray, equipped with the US-developed Field Deployable Hydrolysis System, neutralised 581.5 metric tons of DF, a sarin precursor chemical, and 19.8 metric tons of HD, an ingredient of sulphur mustard, while afloat in the Mediterranean.