Promising Start to Syria's Handover of Chemical Weapons

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_12a80a1473.jpgLOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images (DAMASCUS, Syria) -- At least for now, all is going well with United Nations inspectors assigned to making certain Syria abides by last week's Security Council resolution to surrender chemical weapons stockpiles for their eventual destruction. Although much still needs to be done, the team of inspectors reported "encouraging initial progress" Thursday in their first dealing with Syrian government officials.

Members of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said they received "promising" documents, which will become the basis of the ultimate strategy to collect the deadly arsenal of agents and toxins.

Once experts can verify the information they received from Damascus, they'll move on to the next phase, that is, insuring the safety and security of inspection teams.

Due to the nature of the project, much of the inspectors' work will remain classified.

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