Syria Praised for Starting to Destroy Chemical Weapons

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Syria has received cautious praise from world leaders for beginning to destroy its chemical weapons cache.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged their rapid compliance with the U.N. deadlines for the mission.

"I think it's also credit to the Assad regime for complying rapidly, as they are supposed to," he said at a joint news conference at an Asia-Pacific summit in Indonesia. "I'm not going to vouch today for what happens months down the road, but it's a good beginning, and we should welcome a good beginning."

Many others, like Kerry, are cautious about giving Syria full praise this early in the dismantling process until future deadlines have been met.

The nation is still struggling under conflict as the Assad government and rebel forces have continued fighting with conventional weapons. The ongoing conflict could hinder Syria's ability to meet future resolution deadlines.

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