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Syria turns over last of declared chemical weapons

Posted: June 24, 2014 at 3:51 a.m.

Sigrid Kaag, special coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) for the UN speaks during an interview with Associated Press at a UN compound in the UN buffer zone in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday 23, 2014. Kaag said that “100 percent” of Syria’s chemical weapons material has been removed or destroyed inside the war-torn country, hailing the development that beat a June 30th deadline as a significant milestone for the people of Syria and the region. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

NICOSIA, Cyprus -- Syria on Monday finished handing over to Western powers the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached last fall under threat of U.S. airstrikes.

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