Chemical Weapons News
Suspected Chlorine Gas Attack Hits Rebel-Held Aleppo Area
Government forces dropped three barrel bombs laced with chlorine gas on a rebel-held area of the besieged city of Aleppo in Syria on Tuesday, a medical group says, resulting in at least one death and 150 injuries. Multiple victims suffered from chlorine gas inhalation, including children and women,
White House Condemns Syrian Use of Chemical Weapons Following UN Probe
The White House is condemning Syrian President Bashar al-Assad ’s regime for using chemical weapons against Syrians, after the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons confirmed suspicion of chemical weapons use in Syria in 2014 and 2015. Three years to the week
Malala Yousafzai Was at School When She Won Nobel Peace Prize
Malala Yousafzai was at a fitting place today when she was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: school. Malala, 17, is the youngest person to ever win the award. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman two years ago in Pakistan for insisting that girls have the right to an education. Her
U.S. 'Gravely Concerned' About Syria Chemical Attacks
The U.S. is "gravely concerned" about the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons's findings last week of systematic and repeated chlorine attacks in northern Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said in a written statement Sunday. "The Assad regime must know that it will be held to
Bizarre Love Triangle Poisin Case Overturned By Supreme Court
The Supreme Court ruled in favor today of a woman who had been prosecuted for poisoning her husband’s lover under a federal law aimed at deterring chemical weapons. When Carol Anne Bond learned her husband was the father of her best friend’s baby in 2006, she...
Syria Missed Another Chemical Weapons Deadline. Now What?
The Syrian government officially broke its pledge to get rid of its entire stash of chemical weapons by Sunday – a move that surprised few American officials but raised questions about how the international community can hold Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accountable for violating the...
Bashar al-Assad's Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal
The Obama administration’s top accomplishment on Syria — a deal in which President Bashar al-Assad would surrender his chemical weapons — risks being undermined by substantial, potentially deadly loopholes in the agreement. Secretary of State John Kerry touted on Tuesday the fact that Syria had...
What Challenges Remain in Removing Chemical Weapons from Syria?
After the OPCW announces that half of Assad's chemical weapons cache has been removed from the country via the post of Latakia, we check in on the challenges facing the rest – including the potential easing of Russia's crucial pressure on the Syrian government . On Thursday, the Organization for
A Look at the Massive Ship Will Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons
To neutralize the most dangerous chemicals stockpiled by Syria in a weapons program that brought global attention to a violent civil war, the international community will rely on a massive ship currently docked in Portsmouth, Va.: the MV (motor vessel) Cape Ray, a transport and...
Chemical Weapons Won't Be Out of Syria by Dec. 31, UN and OPCW Say
WASHINGTON — Syria’s most dangerous chemical weapons will almost certainly not be removed on schedule, according to the international organizations responsible for the operation. Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime is cooperating with a joint United Nations/Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical