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Syria's Chemical Weapons Munitions Destroyed, Watchdog Says

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 file photo, citizen journalism image provided by Aleppo Media Center AMC, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, a Syrian rebel fires a weapon towards Syrian government troops loyal to President Bashar Assad in Aleppo, Syria. Despite global outrage over the use of chemical weapons, Assad?s government is successfully exploiting divisions among the opposition, dwindling foreign help for the rebel cause and significant local | ASSOCIATED PRESS

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The international chemical weapons watchdog says it has verified the destruction of all of Syria's unfilled munitions — another milestone along the road to eradicating President Bashar Assad's chemical weapons program by mid-2014.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said in a statement Friday that its experts in Syria also have verified the destruction of parts of buildings at weapons production facilities.

The latest destruction work was near the city of Homs. The OPCW says the sites, "had remained inaccessible for some time due to security reasons."

The joint United Nations-OPCW team in Syria aims to remove the most toxic chemicals from Syria by the end of the year for destruction at sea and destroy the entire program by mid-2014.

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