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Chemical weapons News

Syrian opposition video appears to show use of chlorine gas

Opposition forces fighting against the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad have released a video which they say clearly shows chlorine gas on the street of a Syrian village.

France says Syria used chemical weapons 14 times since late 2013

France has said it believes that the Syrian regime has carried out some fourteen attacks using chemical weapons since late last year.

Tomatoes produce chemical weapons

Kyoto - A new study shows that the tomato plant releases a chemical that its neighbors can use to develop defenses against invading cutworms.

Syria may still be able to produce and use chemical weapons

Western diplomats have recently claimed that according to intelligence reports from the United States, United Kingdom and France the Syrian regime can still produce as well as use chemical weapons.

Syrian regime alleged to still be using chemical weapons

France claims it has "information" which indicates that the Assad government is continuing to use chemical weapons against rebel groups in Syria. Apparently they have carried out nine such attacks in the past two months.

Syria said to have shipped out 75-80% of its chemical stockpile

According to the UN and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Syria has shipped out 80% of its declared chemical weapons.

Syria blames Israel, Turkey and U.S for chemical attacks

The Syrian regime has said that the United States, Israel and Turkey, among others, are responsible for the chemical attacks carried out on its territory. It also alleged that these countries will likely be responsible for any future attacks.

Watchdog says Syria is removing CW stockpile at 'increased pace'

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has declared in The Hague that Syria is removing its chemical weapons arsenal at an "increased pace."

OPCW - Syria has shipped out about a third of its chemicals

According to the worlds leading chemicals arms watchdog, 'The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons' (OPCW) the Syrian regime has shipped out about one-third of its chemical weapons stockpile.

Norway asked to help in destruction of Syrian chemical weapons

Oslo - Recently the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Norway. Now Norway is being asked to take 500 tons of Syrian sarin gas in a bid to dispose of the chemical weapon.

Head of Syrian Observatory deplores international hypocrisy

The founder and head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel-Rahman, has expressed his anger at the “hypocrisy” of the world community for their almost monomaniacal focus on Syria's chemical weapons.

Syrian chemical weapons watchdog, OPCW, win Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo - If you placed a bet on who would win the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize the odds are that you lost money. In spite of many favourites this years' winner was the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

Op-Ed: Did People Power stop the bombing of Syria?

London - The London-based Stop-the-War Coalition is claiming "we" stopped the bombing of Syria. We may have, but there is still a long way to go.

Chemical weapons inspectors arrive in Syria

The first group of international chemical inspectors crossed into Syria today, tasked with identifying the country's chemical weapons, and destroying them.

U.N. Security Council demands elimination of Syria chemical arms

The United Nations Security Council adopted with an unanimous 15 votes in favor of dismantling Syria's chemical weapons.

Assad: Syria has more sophisticated weapons than chemicals

In his latest interview the Syrian president has said that Syria has weapons more sophisticated than its chemical stockpiles which can “blind Israel.”

Syria: Russia gets new evidence of chemical weapons use by rebels

While the international community continued mulling over the Syrian civil war, Russia was supplied "new evidence" from Syria's Assad regime that rebels had used chemical weapons.

Op-Ed: Syria agrees to sign International Convention on Chemical Weapons

Damascus - Syrian President Bahar al-Assad has signed a decree stating that Syria will accede to international law governing chemical weapons, according to a UN spokesperson.

Op-Ed: Obama's speech on Syria and weapons of mass destruction

Washington - Barack Obama's speech on Syria last night (September 10) repeated many of the same arguments that he and his team have been using in the media blitz to convince the American public to support Obama's plan to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical we

Syria welcomes idea to dispose of chemical weapons

Damascus - In a shocking turn of events, Syria has welcomed the idea of relinquishing all of its chemical weapons Monday to avoid a military strike by the United States.

Op-Ed: Russia and Syria call Kerry's bluff on chemical weapons

Moscow - Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said after talks in Moscow that Syria welcomes a Russian proposal to place its chemical weapons under international control.

Russia urges Syria to give up chemical weapons to avoid strike

Moscow - Russia has asked Syria to surrender all its chemical weapons to "International control" in order to avoid US military strikes and then to have them all destroyed.

Russia calls on Syria to hand over chemical weapons

Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov called on Syria to “place the chemical weapons under international control and then have them destroyed” as a way of stopping U.S. aggression.

Op-Ed: The United States should not bomb Syria

New York - We now begin the week in which we will be dragged into President Obama's, and a compliant media's push for more US military interventionism and adventurism.

Photo Essay: Chemical weapons and war threats? Israelis live on Special

Haifa - With the threat of war looming, how are some Israelis spending their leisure time and what are they thinking? A visit to an event at Tulip winery in Northern Israel shows that life in Israel carries on in the ‘waiting room’ and shadow of war.

Bashar al-Assad denies using chemical weapons in CBS interview

In an interview with CBS, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied using chemical weapons. The full interview done by Charlie Rose is set to air on Monday.

Op-Ed: There is another narrative behind Obama's Syrian objectives

Assad's purported use of chemical weapons against rebel enclaves in Syria is the green light Obama red lined - but is it the cornerstone narrative behind a US military engagement?

Op-Ed: When criminals are the police

What happens when the world's criminal elite double as its police force? Recent events have provided a good opportunity to observe.

Op-Ed: Red lines, arrogance, and hypocrisy

Stockholm - Obama maintains that the world and the US Congress set the use of chemical weapons in Syria as a red line not himself. Yet he ignores another important red line and makes a decision to respond that ignores that red line.

Op-Ed: Obama and Syria — When credibility goes bankrupt

The drumbeat of war is deafening once again. These days, if the US is not fighting simultaneous wars the White House seems to reel from ennui. This time, the target is Syria.
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President Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting with members of Congress on the situ...
President Obama makes a statement to the press before a meeting with members of Congress on the situation in Syria (September 03, 2013)
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A Syrian soldier aims an AK-47 assault rifle from his position in a foxhole during a firepower demon...
A Syrian soldier aims an AK-47 assault rifle from his position in a foxhole during a firepower demonstration, part of Operation Desert Shield. The soldier is wearing a Soviet-made Model ShMS nuclear-biological-chemical warfare masks.
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The burned-out ruins of a chemical weapons facility on Okunoshima.
The burned-out ruins of a chemical weapons facility on Okunoshima.
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A Canadian soldier undergoing medical treatment after recieving mustard gas burns from a German chem...
A Canadian soldier undergoing medical treatment after recieving mustard gas burns from a German chemical weapons attack during the first World War. Note the bullae - which are characteristic of mustard gas injuries - on the neck, armpit and hands.
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A U.N. chemical weapons expert  wearing a gas mask  holds a plastic bag containing samples from one ...
A U.N. chemical weapons expert, wearing a gas mask, holds a plastic bag containing samples from one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Ain Tarma neighbourhood of Damascus August 29, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Mohamed Abdullah
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Map showing the plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons
Map showing the plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons
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Satellite imagery of the al-Safira military facility in Syria. The al-Safira military base is the he...
Satellite imagery of the al-Safira military facility in Syria. The al-Safira military base is the headquarters of the Syrian chemical weapons program and contains both a depot for storing chemical weapons as well as a massive laboratory for manufacturing them
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US Army soldiers in a simulated chemical attack drill in Iraq.
US Army soldiers in a simulated chemical attack drill in Iraq.
US Army
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Dispersion of chlorine in World War One.
Dispersion of chlorine in World War One.
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Bashar Ja’afari  Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN  speaks to journal...
Bashar Ja’afari, Permanent Representative of the Syrian Arab Republic to the UN, speaks to journalists regarding the latest allegations of use of chemical weapons in his country and the possibility of military action against the Syrian government being contemplated by several permanent members of the Security Council
Mark Garten / UN Photo
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Ōkunoshima island is a part of the Japanese city of Takehara which is located in Hiroshima Prefectu...
Ōkunoshima island is a part of the Japanese city of Takehara which is located in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan.
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Sigrid Kaag  Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United ...
Sigrid Kaag, Special Coordinator of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations (OPCW-UN) joint mission on eliminating Syria's chemical weapons programme, speaks during a news conference in Damascus November 30, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Khaled al-Hariri
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A Syrian soldier aims an AK-47 assault rifle from his position in a foxhole during a firepower demon...
A Syrian soldier aims an AK-47 assault rifle from his position in a foxhole during a firepower demonstration, part of Operation Desert Shield. The soldier is wearing a Soviet-made Model ShMS nuclear-biological-chemical warfare masks.
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In this image pallets of 155 mm artillery shells containing mustard gas (military designation HD or ...
In this image pallets of 155 mm artillery shells containing mustard gas (military designation HD or H) sit at Pueblo chemical weapons storage facility in Pueblo County, Colorado, USA
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US Army soldiers in a simulated chemical attack drill in Iraq.
US Army soldiers in a simulated chemical attack drill in Iraq.
US Army
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On March 16  1988  at the height of the Iraq-Iran war  at the direction of dictator Saddam Hussein  ...
On March 16, 1988, at the height of the Iraq-Iran war, at the direction of dictator Saddam Hussein, the Iraqi Air Force unleashed chemical warfare upon the Kurds, an ethnic group, in the Iraqi city of Halabja. At least 5,000 people were killed in that attack and many thousands more suffered permanent physical, emotional and mental disabilities
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OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
OPCW-UN Chemical Weapons Team Arrives in Damascus
U.N. photo
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