Weapons experts begin Syria mission amid clashes
As deadly clashes raged on the edge of Damascus, international inspectors left their hotel on Wednesday to start work on the task of destroying Syria's chemical arsenal under the tightest of deadlines in the midst of a civil war.


The inspectors' mission - endorsed by a UN Security Council resolution passed last week - is to scrap Syria's capacity to manufacture chemical weapons by Nov. 1 and eliminate the country's entire 1,000-ton stockpile by mid-2014. (AP)