US ship heads on Syrian chemical weapons mission

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WASHINGTON — A US cargo ship loaded with sophisticated equipment set sail Monday for the Mediterranean Sea, where it will be used to destroy dozens of containers of deadly chemical weapons being removed from Syria.

The Cape Ray was slated to leave in the afternoon for what is expected to be a roughly two-week trip to the Italian port of Gioia Tauro, where chemicals will be transferred to the ship. The chemicals include materials for making sarin and mustard gas and they will be destroyed on board the Cape Ray at sea.

On Monday, a second shipment of chemical weapons was loaded onto Danish and Norwegian ships at the port of Latakia in Syria, according to the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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