2013 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Announced

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The Norwegian Nobel Committee turned international attention back to Syria on Friday when it awarded the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to chemical weapons watchdog, The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

According to The Huffington Post, the prize was given to the organizaton for "its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons."

OPCW, which was founded in 1997 to enforce the Chemical Weapons Convention, is an independent and autonomous organization that works to prohibit the use, production, and storage of chemical weapons. 

The organization, which is headquartered in the Hague, Netherlands, is currently working in Damascus, Syria on a UN-backed disarmament mission to destroy Syrian President Bashar Assad's arsenal of chemical weapons.

Congrats to the organization! It's a well-deserved honor!

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