Syria Chemical Weapons

Syria’s chemical weapons are being destroyed

This week the Pentagon reports that Syria’s chemical weapons are being destroyed by the U.S. While there has been some speculation that Syria hasn’t been completely forthcoming with handing over the chemicals, the ones received are being handled accordingly.

The chemicals, including mustard gas and the raw materials for sarin nerve gas, are being put through special Field Deployable Hydrolysis Systems in the cargo hold to neutralize them. Last month Syria handed over to Western powers the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached last fall under threat of U.S. airstrikes amidst the country’s ongoing civil war.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defence has raised concerns that Syria merely handed over its stockpiles and may still have the capability to create new weapons.

Read more: CBS News

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