UN chemical weapons expert holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus in this August 29, 2013 file photo
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Syria crisis: Chemical weapons equipment destroyed - OPCW

Syria's government is no longer in a position to produce chemical weapons - "as far as their disclosed capabilities is concerned", the head of the team of weapons inspectors has confirmed.

Jerry Smith, head of field operations for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said his team had "personally observed" the destruction of the declared equipment.

He told the BBC's Lyse Doucet it was a "pleasant surprise" to learn the group had been awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize but that their priority had been to finish their task.

  • 31 Oct 2013
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