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October 17, 2013 8:35 am

Kerry Praises Assad for Starting to Destroy Chemical Weapons

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Reuters – Syria won foreign praise on Monday for starting to destroy its chemical arsenal, although an opposition activist said the world was merely giving President Bashar Assad time to kill more people with conventional weapons.

An official from the international mission overseeing the stockpile’s elimination said Damascus had made an excellent start on Sunday, and the United States acknowledged its rapid compliance with a UN resolution on destroying chemical weapons as extremely significant.

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