NICOSIA, Cyprus — The last of Syria’s acknowledged stockpile of chemical weapons has been handed over to Western governments for destruction, the organization charged with overseeing the elimination of such weapons said Monday. The final eight percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile, which included mustard gas and raw materials for making sarin nerve gas, was loaded onto ships in the Syrian port of Latakia, said Ahmet Uzumcu, the director general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  We wonder how much worse the current situation in Iraq would be right now had the Obama Administration acquiesced to neoconservative demands that the U.S. fully arm the Sunni Muslim rebels fighting against the Assad regime (Alawites – a Shiite Muslim sect) in Syria.  Please note that the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) insurgents in Iraq are Sunni Jihadists, and that the al-Maliki government is Shiite.