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U.N. returns to Syria on mission to destroy chemical weapons

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 00:51

Oct. 1 - The United Nations is starting what is expected to be at least a months-long process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The United Nations is back in Syria. A day after one team of chemical weapons inspectors left Damascus, another has arrived. The convoy of about 20 U.N. vehicles crossed into Syria from Lebanon. This group of experts is charged with starting the process of verifying and eliminating Syria's chemical weapons. The U.N. mission comes after an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus. That attack prompted U.S. threats of air strikes against the Syrian government. Meanwhile, Syrians in Damascus are rallying behind their president, Bashar al-Assad, and welcoming the U.N.'s arrival. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) RIMON MASSOUD, MEMBER OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THAWRA YOUTH UNION, SAYING: "We welcome their stay because we do not have anything to hide. Syria announced clearly that it is ready to hand over its chemical arsenal." The U.N. mission is expected to continue until at least mid-2014.

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U.N. returns to Syria on mission to destroy chemical weapons

Tuesday, October 01, 2013 - 00:51

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