Syria chemical cleanup the biggest ever staged, mortal risks await investigators
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - International chemical weapon troubleshooters will enter war-torn Syria on Tuesday to start one of the biggest and most dangerous disarmament operations ever staged.
With more than 1,000 tonnes of sarin, mustard gas and other banned horror chemicals stocked across the country, the United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog have launched an urgent appeal for scarce experts to join the mission.
Applicants must be ready to face mortal risks and an impossible deadline.
UN leader Ban Ki Moon called the operation "daunting" after the UN Security Council voted on Friday to eliminate President Bashar al-Assad's chemical arms.