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Syrian forces take control of road needed to remove chemical weapons

Last Updated: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 18:31

Zee Media Bureau

Damascus: Syrian Army has taken full control of a highway connecting Damascus to the coast which is needed to ship out chemical weapons from the country for destruction.

A Syrian TV on Monday reported that President Bashar Assad`s army took over Nabek town. Furthermore, the government troops are still pursuing terrorists in the town’s outskirts.

Syria has agreed under a deal arranged by the United States and Russia to dismantle its chemical arsenal and destroy all its 1,300 tons of sarin, mustard gas and other lethal agents. However, fighting in Syria is posing a big hurdle while executing the deal.

OPCW director Ahmet Uzumcu, yesterday had said that the organisation is confident that it will be able to meet the deadline of June 2014 to destroy all chemical weapons in Syria.

The army started an offensive in mid-November to secure the highway, which passes through the mountainous area of Qalamoun and stretches along the Lebanese border and hosts many military bases and outposts.

(With Agency inputs)

First Published: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 18:31

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