File - Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, December 30, 2013. (REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri)
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Syria could ship out its remaining chemical weapons within a month and still meet a midyear target for their final destruction, the head of an international mission overseeing the delayed disarmament operation said Friday.After missing several deadlines, Syria has accelerated the pace of chemical shipments from its Mediterranean port of Latakia this month and has now removed or destroyed more than half of its declared chemical arsenal. President Bashar Assad, battling a three-year uprising against his rule, agreed to dispose of Syria's chemical weapons after August chemical attacks in Ghouta and Moadamieh suburbs around the Syrian capital last August.Last month Syria said there were two attempted attacks on convoys transporting chemical weapons, and two storage sites remain inaccessible due to the civil war which has killed 140,000 people and ravaged whole districts of Syrian cities.Elsewhere in Syria, two chemical sites are currently inaccessible because of the fighting.
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