A view of the Italian port of Gioia Tauro, in the southern region of Calabria on February 4, 2014. AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE
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Syria said Wednesday it remains committed to destroying its chemical weapons despite "difficulties" caused by its conflict, as it missed another deadline under an international deal which averted US military action.The comments came as Syria missed another key deadline in the process of dismantling and destroying its chemical arsenal.In addition to 700 tonnes of the most lethal chemicals -- that should have left the war-wracked country on December 31 -- 500 tonnes of "category two" chemicals was supposed to have been shipped out by Wednesday.Under the agreement, Syria's entire chemical arsenal is to be eliminated by June 30 .
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