chemical weapons

The ugly threat of an ISIL with chemical weapons

OPINION by Michael Stephens – The alleged use of chemical weapons, including mustard gas, by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fits in with a pattern of increasing small-scale tactical usages of chemical weapons in both Syria and Iraq. Despite the furore following the use of chemical[…]

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UN hears accounts of Syria chemical weapons attacks

The UN Security Council has heard firsthand accounts from Syrian doctors of alleged chemical weapons attacks in their country. Following the closed-door meeting at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday, Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, said the Security Council will now seek to identify those behind[…]

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Chlorine likely used in Syria

A toxic chemical, almost certainly chlorine, was used “systematically and repeatedly” as a weapon in attacks on villages in northern Syria earlier this year, the global chemical weapons watchdog said Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said that a report by a fact-finding mission it sent to Syria[…]

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Iraq chemical weapons site siezed

The Iraqi government has told the United Nations that militants have seized one of Saddam Hussein’s former chemical weapons factories, confirming an earlier claim by Washington. In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dated July 1 and made public Tuesday, Baghdad’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said “armed[…]

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