(DAMASCUS, Syria) -- Inspectors for the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons have now conducted verification activities at a total of 11 chemical weapons sites in Syria. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government has identified over 20 sites where an estimated 1,000 tons of sarin, mustard and VX nerve gas were produced.
The OPCW reports that since the beginning of October, inspectors have conducted critical equipment destruction at six sites, as well as some Category 3 weapons destruction.
The inspectors hope to complete verification activities and render production facilities inoperable by a Nov. 1 deadline.
Last month, the U.N. Security Council authorized the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons by no later than the end of June 2014.
While there's movement towards destroying Syria's chemical weapons, there is very little progress in efforts to end the country's ongoing civil war that has claimed more than 100,000 lives.
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