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Chemical weapons experts leave Damascus hotel

International chemical weapons experts left their hotel in Damascus on Saturday (October 5) to an unknown destination in order to continue their task of eliminating Syria's chemical arsenal. The mission to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons is expected to continue until at least mid-2014. It was hammered out by Washington and Moscow after an August 21 chemical weapons attack in Damascus prompted U.S. threats of air strikes against the Syrian government. Inspectors who were in the country at the time confirmed that sarin gas was used in the attack, which killed hundreds of people. Under a joint Russian-U.S. proposal, Syria has now committed to destroying its chemical weapons arsenal within nine months. It is believed to comprise around 1,000 metric tonnes of sarin, mustard and XV nerve agents. The team of weapons inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is in Syria to make an inventory of its chemical stockpiles and munition

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