Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are seeking to exhume the bodies of victims from the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, on the theory that traces of nerve agents like sarin gas will linger in human tissue for much longer than environmental samples from the attack site. “From…

Inspectors from the global chemical weapons watchdog have reached a second location in the Syrian town of Douma, where a suspected gas attack took place in early April. In a statement issued on Wednesday 25 April 2018, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said its fact finding mission had collected samples from…

The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said Wednesday that a U.N. security team doing reconnaissance in Douma, Syria came under gunfire a day earlier, sources told Reuters. OPCW Director General Ahmet Üzümcü told a meeting at the organization’s headquarters in The Hague that the security team was forced to withdraw,…

Photos from the filming of a fiction supported by the Syrian authorities were used by both conflicting parties. The actual photos come from the shooting of a film entitled “Revolution Man”, notably supported by the Syrian Ministry of Culture, the preview of which was greeted by the official Syrian agency Sana in a dispatch dated…

Russia on Saturday 14 April 2018 asked the UN Security Council to condemn the “aggression” against Syria from military strikes carried out by the United States, Britain, and France, according to a draft resolution seen by AFP. Russia circulated the measure ahead of a Security Council meeting to discuss the military operation by the three…

U.S., British and French forces struck Syria with more than 100 missiles on Saturday in the first coordinated Western strikes against the Damascus government, targeting what they said were chemical weapons sites in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack. The raids lasted for around 50 minutes. U.S. President Donald Trump announced the military action…

The head of Russian diplomacy Sergei Lavrov on Friday 13 April 2018 described the alleged chemical attack in Syria last week as “staged” in which “the special services of a state”, not named but designated as “Russophobic”, participated. “We have irrefutable evidence that this was a new staging, and that the special services of a…

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) announced on Tuesday that it will soon send an fact finding team to the rebel pocket in Duma, Syria, to investigate the suspected chemical attack that sparked an international outcry. The OPCW, which received an official invitation from Damascus to investigate, “asked the Syrian Arab Republic…