30 Nov '13, 9pm

U.S. to destroy Syrian chemical weapons: Syria's government will try to move the most lethal components ... #navy

DAMASCUS, SYRIA — Syria’s government will try to move the most lethal components of its chemical weapons program to a port city by the end of the year, and the U.S. has offered to pick up and destroy the hazardous material at an offshore facility, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Syrian officials said Saturday. The international organization’s director-general, Ahmet Uzumcu, said in The Hague, Netherlands, that the U.S. government will contribute “a destruction technology, full operational support and financing to neutralize” the weapons — most likely on a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. The weapons are to be removed from Syria by Dec. 31. Separately, the woman appointed as go-between for the United Nations and the OPCW on destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile laid out some logistical details. Sigrid Kaag said the weapons will first be se...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/article/20131130/NEWS08/311300007

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