• anish cargo ship Ark Futura (L), which will carry chemical weapons out of Syria, lies in the port of Limassol next to the Royal Danish Navy's HDMS Esbern Snare on January 2, 2014

    The first batch of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile was shipped out of the country on Tuesday from the port of Latakia. The move is the culmination of an international effort to dismantle the Assad regime's chemical weapons program which will have to be followed through with continued chemical exports for any chance of success.