The international chemical weapons watchdog likely skewed its own investigation of the 2018 chemical weapons incident in Douma, Syria to come to a predetermined decision, a damning conclusion based on whistleblower testimony said. The April 2018 incident in the Damascus suburb was quickly blamed on the Syrian government by the[…]
Russian officials have brought more than a dozen Syrians, including children, to the headquarters of the global chemical weapons watchdog to support their claim that a reported gas attack in Douma earlier this month was orchestrated. The United States, Britain, France and their allies boycotted the event on Thursday at[…]
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)[…]
The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducts such an attack. The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar[…]
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[…]
Human Rights Watch has warned that the Islamic State (IS) group is using chemical weapons as it retreats in the face of an operation by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul. According to the organisation, IS launched at least three chemical attacks on the town of Qayyarah, 60km[…]
The Syrian government has denied claims it dropped barrels of chemical weapons on an opposition-held neighbourhood in Aleppo city that has caused at least one death and dozens of cases of suffocation. A video obtained by Al Jazeera shows what activists say is the aftermath of an attack in the[…]
Calls have been made for sanctions against Syria following findings by a UN team that government forces twice used chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war. The UN investigators also found evidence that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group used mustard gas at least once in[…]
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[…]
An international medical organisation has said its doctors treated four patients last week in the Syrian city of Aleppo who were exhibiting symptoms of exposure to chemical agents. Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Tuesday that the patients were all from one family – two parents, a three-year-old girl and[…]
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