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(GIOIA TAURO, Italy) -- The Syrian chemical weapons being held in Italy were transferred to the U.S. ship the MV Cape Ray on Wednesday, in half the time that process was expected to take.
Previous estimates said the transfer of materials would take two days, but Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said all materials were transferred successfully on Wednesday. The ship departed the Italian port on Wednesday and will sail to international waters in the Mediterranean Sea, where it is expected to begin neutralizing the chemicals.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel thanked the Danish and Italian authorities who aided in the process, during which the chemicals were temporarily held on a Danish ship at the Italian port.
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