It's a risky, dirty job, but somebody's got to do it: Chemical weapons experts head to Syria

  • by: TOBY STERLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 30, 2013 - 1:00 PM

AMSTERDAM — They left in secrecy on a private jet, bound for one of the world's most dangerous places, to destroy substances so deadly that the smallest particle can kill within minutes. The inspectors for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons tasked with helping Syria destroy its chemical weapons have about nine months to find and dismantle an estimated 1,000-ton chemical arsenal that took years to build. It is the shortest deadline they have ever faced in any nation, and their first mission in a country at war.

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