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The strikes last week against Syria's chemical weapons arsenal were successful in degrading that country's chemical weapons, research and storage facilities, the Pentagon's chief spokesperson said today. There have been no reports of civilian casualties from the strikes carried out by the United States, ...
Their statements underscore the world's zero-tolerance approach to chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Perplexing, however, is that both these leaders still tolerate the existence of an even more shocking and barbaric WMD – the nuclear weapon. And they don't just tolerate its existence, they ...

The chances of a successful chemical weapons attack in Canada was considered extremely low due to "robust domestic controls" over the required materials and technology, the documents said. "However, Daesh's known use of commercially available toxic industrial chemicals in attacks is indicative of ...
She shares her thoughts on the chemical weapons attack in Syria and her memory of investigating the Ebola epidemic from 2013 to 2016. The city of Miami and Miami-Dade County are suing the former owner of the Miami Marlins, and the new team owners are involved too. Doug Hanks of the Miami ... Cuba
Despite the fact that the large-scale use of chemical weapons was banned under the Hague Convention of 1907, he enthusiastically set to work on what he termed a "higher form of killing." Chlorine gas, which reacts with water in the airways to produce tissue-corroding hydrochloric acid, was the rough ... chemical

Peter Wilson, Britain's representative for the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), on Wednesday repeated that the UK blames Russia for a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month and that Moscow's use of chemical weapons undermined the treaty banning the use ... chemical
International chemical weapons experts are awaiting the green light from a UN security assessment team before beginning their investigation of an alleged chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma, according to Syria's UN ambassador. The security team entered Douma yesterday to determine whether ... chemical
Chemical weapons inspectors still haven't entered Douma, where the U.S., U.K. and France say the Syrian government used poison gas to kill more than 40 people on April 7. Syria and its ally Russia have repeatedly denied using chemical weapons. Here & Now's Lisa Mullins talks with Alastair Hay, ... chemical
Watching the gas being released from behind the German lines was the “father” of chemical weapons, the Nobel-winning scientist Fritz Haber. Haber, a German who was both Jewish and a fervent nationalist, saw his contribution of gas to the war effort as a way to prove his patriotism. He had already ... chemical
Five days after they arrived in Syria, inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are still waiting to access the site of an alleged ... How do you gather evidence of a chemical weapon attack, almost a fortnight after it happened, in an environment controlled by forces accused of ... chemical
At a press conference on 9 September the then US secretary of state, John Kerry, in a throwaway remark said the Assad regime could avert a strike of it turned over its chemical weapons without delay. He then received a phone call from the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, saying a deal on those ... chemical
Officials from Russia and Syria have blocked a team with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the OPCW. This is after Syria and Russia said they wanted an investigation. Peter Wilson is the U.K.'s ambassador to the OPCW, and he joins us now. Welcome. PETER WILSON: Thank you ... chemical
It's worth noting that the international chemical weapons watchdog doesn't have the mandate to determine who is responsible for the attack, only to ascertain whether a chemical weapon was used. Russia vetoed a U.S.-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution that would have allowed for a wider ... chemical
Russian military police officers check weapons left behind by members of the Army of Islam group in a factory produced weapons, in the town of Douma, the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack, near Damascus, Syria, Monday. Faisal Mekdad, Syria's deputy foreign minister, said on Monday that his ... chemical
President Donald Trump says he has approved US military strikes against Syria, in collaboration with the UK and France. The strikes are in response to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian town of Douma last week. 14 Apr 2018. Share this with Facebook · Share this with Twitter · Share this with Messenger · Share this ... chemical
... fifteen miles west of Homs, where the ministry of defense claimed the regime kept chemical weapon precursors stockpiled. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “The reprehensible use of chemical weapons in Douma is further evidence of the Syrian regime's appalling cruelty against its own people. chemical

NATO's 29 member nations support the U.S.-led airstrikes on Syria after a chemical attack earlier this week. NPR's Michel Martin talks to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about what comes next. Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email ... chemical
President Donald Trump on Saturday declared "Mission Accomplished" for a U.S.-led allied missile attack on Syria's chemical weapons program, but the Pentagon said the pummeling of three chemical-related facilities left enough others intact to enable the Assad government to use banned weapons ... chemical
On Friday, President Trump authorized airstrikes on Syrian targets to retaliate after an alleged chemical weapons attack by President Bashar Assad. Pentagon officials say the attacks were "precise" and "effective." Facebook; Twitter; Flipboard; Email ... chemical
WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials said on Saturday that American-led strikes against Syria had taken out the “heart” of President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons program, but acknowledged that the Syrian government most likely retained some ability to again attack its own people with ... chemical
Nerve agents are the most sophisticated and deadliest chemical weapons. Invisible and odorless, they work by interfering with the nervous system, causing muscles spasms, vomiting, chest pain, seizure, coma, and sometimes death. Other deadly agents, like VX, will kill victims with just a 10 milligram ... chemical
The accusation, made by the American ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki R. Haley, came during a vitriolic exchange with her Russian counterpart at a meeting of the Security Council, which focused on a suspected chemical weapons assault in a Damascus suburb last week. The United States and ... chemical
Their investigation is likely to inform how the U.S. and its allies respond to the suspected use of chemical weapons. Earlier today we reached Angela Kane. She's the former U.N. high representative for disarmament affairs. She oversaw the investigation of the 2013 sarin gas attack in Ghouta, the one that ... chemical
Human Rights Watch has collated and analyzed evidence of chemical weapons attacks in Syria between August 21, 2013, the day of the deadliest chemical weapon attack in Syria to date, and February 25, 2018, when the Syrian government used chlorine in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta. chemical
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Russia has called this meeting to undermine the work of the OPCW, which, fully in accordance with the chemical weapons convention, is providing the UK with technical assistance and evaluation through independent analysis of samples from the Salisbury attack. chemical
ANKARA (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (April 3) he hoped a planned meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog would help to defuse a major diplomatic row triggered by the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England. Britain has blamed Russia for ... chemical
Russia must cooperate with the global chemical weapons watchdog's investigation into the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, the European Union has said during an emergency session with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. “It is imperative that the Russian ... chemical
Russia's response to Syria's continuing violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention has allowed these abhorrent attacks on the Syrian people to continue. More broadly, Russia's disdain for the international system has grown ever clearer. Their brazen use of a chemical weapon on UK soil one month ... chemical
Naryshkin's comments come as the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the world's chemical weapons watchdog, holds a meeting at Russia's request to discuss Britain's allegations that Moscow was behind the poisoning of a former Russian double agent and his daughter with a ... chemical
ISIS & Al-Qaeda may merge and produce chemical weapons – FSB chief ... If so, the terrorist groups may gain access to chemical weapon technology. ... conducting military and subversive actions in field and city conditions, technologies and infrastructure to produce real rather than fake chemical weapons. chemical
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) says it has probed 70 gas attacks in Syria since 2014, out of 370 reported incidents. In August ... The US instead opts for diplomacy and agrees a deal with Russia that is supposed to see the regime's chemical weapon stockpiles destroyed. chemical
The Army wants to change the way it destroys part of its stockpile of obsolete chemical weapons in Colorado, but some people worry that could increase the chances of contaminating the air. The Army is eradicating 780,000 shells filled with thick liquid mustard agent at the Pueblo Chemical Depot under an ... chemical
The Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot is eradicating 780,000 shells filled with thick liquid mustard agent — many of them dating to the Cold War — under an international treaty banning chemical weapons. The Army built a highly automated, $4.5 billion plant to do the work, but officials said this week they want ... chemical
FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2015, file photo, a remotely controlled robot handles an inert simulated chemical munition during training at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in southern Colorado. The Army said in March 2018 it wants to change the way it will destroy some of the weapons stored at the Pueblo depot, ... chemical
Why the Russian chemical weapon used to poison an ex-spy isn't banned ... Production of Novichok can go largely undetected because none of its compound ingredients are included on an internationally regulated list of chemicals outlined in the Chemical Weapon Convention (CWC), a global arms treaty. chemical
Army Seeks Changes to Chemical Weapons Disposal in Colorado. The Army wants to change the way it destroys part of its chemical weapons stockpile in Colorado, but some people worry that could increase the chances of contaminating the air. March 23, 2018, at 3:23 p.m.. March 23, 2018, at 3:23 p.m.. U.S. News ... chemical
Diplomatic circles are once again abuzz with rumours regarding a possible US military intervention in Syria. But not to protect the civilians of Eastern Ghouta on the outskirts of Damascus, who have been under siege for years and who are being killed by the hundreds as distressing mainstream media ... chemical
2015, for instance, US Central Command (CENTCOM) announced that Abu Malik, an Islamic State “chemical weapons engineer,” had been killed in an airstrike near Mosul, Iraq. Malik had “worked at Saddam Hussein's Muthana chemical weapon production facility before affiliating with al Qaeda in Iraq in ... chemical
IN THE sort of movie where global agencies are attacked by arch-villains with superpowers, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) would make a perfect target. Its concrete and glass headquarters sits amid a cluster of high-minded international institutions in The Hague, down ... chemical
She gave Russia 24 hours to agree that it would make a full and complete declaration about the novichok program to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (the inspection agency for the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention). Russia denied responsibility, so London expelled 23 ... chemical
The use of one of the world's deadliest weapons - Novichok - to poison Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, on British soil has sparked global alarm over chemical weapons. Such weapons have been used in warfare throughout history - but the first large-scale use of chemical weapons took place just ... chemical
LONDON — Last fall, President Vladimir V. Putin summoned a Kremlin television crew to his residence for a ceremony marking the destruction of Russia's last declared stocks of chemical weapons. The occasion called for a touch of theater: Shells were dismantled on camera, decorated with flowery Cyrillic ... chemical
Personal protection sprays, while not lethal, are very much a “chemical weapon” according to international law since they are noxious substances designed to incapacitate. World War One witnessed almost 100,000 deaths and a million total casualties from chemical weapons, so the world acted diligently to ... chemical
The Russian government either ordered the attack or it had lost control of the military-grade and Russian-produced chemical nerve agent, Novichok, that was used in the attack. May said Moscow had until Tuesday to explain its Novichok program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. chemical
WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has warned Syria against using chemical weapons, implying it would prompt military consequences, as it did last year when President Donald Trump ordered a strike on a Syrian air base, the media reported. "I just want to reiterate it would be very unwise for ... chemical
MUSCAT, Oman — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis called out the Syrian government and its key ally, Russia, over the issue of chemical-weapons use, saying it would be “very unwise” for the regime to deploy such weapons. United Nations experts are investigating numerous reports of chlorine gas being ... chemical
Five sites across Salisbury have now been identified as possible sources of the nerve agent which left former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in a critical condition. The locations include a bench in the Maltings shopping centre where the pair were found unconscious, Mr Skripal's home, ... chemical
For those who are not able to attend in person, a live video stream of the meeting will be available on the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives (PEO ACWA) YouTube main channel at Viewers may ask questions, make comments and ... chemical
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has said that militants in Eastern Ghouta may stage a chemical attack, targeting several women, to blame Damascus for it. “We received information that militants in Eastern Ghouta are going to stage a chemical attack [in] Hawsh al-Ash'ari, between the settlements of Mesraba ... chemical


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