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Jan 30, 2014 — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel echoed concerns expressed by the international watchdog group overseeing the operation that Syria is not meeting deadlines for handing over dangerous chemicals.
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Jan 7, 2014 — A U.N. official said a Danish commercial vessel carrying the cache is now in international waters, waiting on another batch.
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Dec 17, 2013 — The U.S., Norway, Denmark and Italy are all involved in one way or another. Deadly ingredients will be loaded on to trucks, driven to the sea, put on ships and eventually made safe before being delivered to a commercial waste disposal facility.
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Dec 12, 2013 — The inspectors' final report confirms some earlier allegations, citing "clear and convincing evidence" that the weapons were used against civilians in Ghouta, near Damascus. Other cases were less clear.
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Dec 6, 2013 — The world wants Syria's chemical arsenal destroyed. But so far, no country has offered to do the dirty work on its soil. Over the past week, an alternative has gained ground: Carry out the destruction at sea. The plan taking shape is complicated and untested, but it just might work.
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Nov 30, 2013 — The U.S. plans to destroy the chemicals at sea using a process called hydrolysis. The organization charged by the international community with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical stockpile said private companies will likely be contracted to neutralize some other weapons.
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Nov 22, 2013 — The cost of the project would be capped at $54 million, according to the group running the effort to rid Syria of chemical weapons. And contractors must be able to move quickly.
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Oct 31, 2013 — An important step has been taken in the quest to rid Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of its lethal weapons. Next, an agreement must be finalized on a plan to destroy tons of toxic agents and munitions.
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Oct 27, 2013 — The process of cataloging and destroying Syria's chemical weapons stockpile is continuing, as the country met Sunday's deadline for submitting a formal declaration. Weapons experts must also complete their inspection of all 23 storage and production sites today.
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Oct 25, 2013 — Oslo says the country doesn't have a port that could take the weapons and that it lacks the capacity to treat some of the waste products from disarming the munitions.
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