BEIRUT (AP) -- International inspectors in Syria have set out to begin their task of destroying Syria's chemical arsenal.
Their mission, endorsed last week by a U.N. Security Council resolution, is to scrap Syria's capacity to manufacture chemical weapons by the beginning of November. And by the middle of next year, the country's entire 1,000-ton stockpile is supposed to be eliminated.
The inspectors left their hotel in central Damascus today. It's not clear where they were headed. They're from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which is based in the Netherlands.
Their work comes against a backdrop of relentless fighting. On the northern edge of the city, according to anti-regime activists, clashes between Syrian troops and rebels linked to al-Qaida left at least 12 soldiers and pro-government militiamen dead yesterday.
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