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article imageChemical weapons inspectors arrive in Syria

By Sami Zaatari     Oct 1, 2013 in World
The first group of international chemical inspectors crossed into Syria today, tasked with identifying the country's chemical weapons, and destroying them.
Twenty inspectors from a Netherlands based chemical weapons watchdog arrived into Syria from Lebanon today, the group will have 9 months to destroy the chemical arsenal.
A second group of inspectors are expected to arrive within the week, the second batch of inspectors are a larger group than the first, with almost 100 inspectors.
The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons was put forward as a diplomatic proposal to prevent an American strike on the Syrian regime. The U.S. government had accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against it's own people in August, and vowed that it would undertake a military strike on Syria.
The UN Security Council has agreed to the chemical disarmament of Syria, though the U.S. has warned a military strike is still on the table should the Syrians fail to fully comply with the resolution.
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