chemical weapons

Russia blocks bid to probe Syria chemical-weapons use

A UN inquiry into chemical-weapons use in the war in Syria is set to expire after Russia vetoed a US-sponsored resolution that would have extended its mandate. The mandate of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), an inquiry launched jointly by the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)[…]

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US: No doubt Syria used chemical weapons

The US defence secretary has said there is no doubt that the Syrian government was responsible for a poison gas attack last week on a rebel-held town, adding that it had used chemical weapons several times in the past. During a press conference in Washington on Tuesday, James Mattis told[…]

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Mustard gas used in Syria fighting: UN watchdog

A confidential report by the global chemical weapons watchdog has found mustard gas again being used in Syria, according to the Reuters news agency. According to Al Jazeera sources the gas was used during violence between Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and a rebel group in the[…]

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