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Syria Chemical Weapons Plans 'Have Never Been Tried Before'

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October 08, 2013 AT 7:03 AM
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The chief of the global chemical weapons watchdog briefed member states Tuesday on progress in the high-stakes, high-risk mission to rid Syria of its poison gas stockpile. Ahmet Uzumcu, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, spoke to the group's 41-nation Executive Council at the start of a four-day meeting in The Hague as inspectors continued their mission in Syria to verify and destroy the country's estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal in the midst of a two-year civil war.