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By The Associated Press
Monday, June 23, 2014, 5:39 p.m.

Syria finished handing over to Western powers on Monday the 1,300 tons of chemical weapons it acknowledged possessing, completing a deal reached in the fall under threat of airstrikes.

The most dangerous material will be transferred to an American ship, which will move into international waters and use specialized equipment to destroy the chemicals over the next two months. Other material will be disposed of at toxic waste sites in various countries.

Questions persist over whether Syrian President Bashar Assad is hiding undeclared poison gases or attacking rebels with chlorine — a toxic industrial gas that is not specifically classified as a chemical weapon.

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