Jan 7, 2015

Syria used chlorine gas against villages last year: inspectors

Chemical weapons investigators concluded “with a high degree of confidence” that chlorine gas was used as a weapon against three Syrian villages last year, affecting between 350 and 500 people and killing 13, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. The ...

Jan 5, 2015

Western-backed Syrian opposition body elects new leadership

Syria’s Western-backed political opposition group, the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces, has elected a new presidential committee and a president widely seen as not tied to any of the body’s international sponsors. Despite having tenuous links with fighters on the ground ...

Dec 30, 2014

U.K. studied chemical weapons buildup in 1980s: secret papers

Newly released official papers show that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government considered rebuilding Britain’s chemical weapons arsenal in the face of a Soviet threat in the early 1980s. The formerly secret documents show that Thatcher’s defense chiefs were worried that Britain had no ...

Dec 23, 2014

Chemical weapons left in Wuhan to be destroyed

Japan this week will begin destroying stockpiles of chemical weapons abandoned by the Japanese military in the Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei province at the end of World War II, the Cabinet Office said Tuesday. Using a mobile disposal facility, Japan aims to ...

Qatar cuts its help for Islamists carefully

Nov 4, 2014

Qatar cuts its help for Islamists carefully

Qatar has joined the American-led coalition to fight Islamic State, yet the emirate is a haven for anti-Western groups and foreign diplomats have reported seeing cars with Islamic State logos in an affluent bay district. Such ambiguity runs through Qatari policy. When the United ...

Syria truncated, battered — but remains defiant

| Nov 4, 2014

Syria truncated, battered — but remains defiant

Syrian businessmen start from scratch after their shops and factories were destroyed. Families who lost their homes struggle to rent new dwellings and make ends meet. Along highways stretching through government-controlled areas are the bombed ruins of once-rebellious towns, now dotted with checkpoints. Government-controlled ...

Death toll in Syrian jails this year approaching 2,000: monitor

Nov 3, 2014

Death toll in Syrian jails this year approaching 2,000: monitor

Nearly 2,000 people have died in Syrian prisons of torture, starvation and lack of medical treatment so far this year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Sunday. The Britain-based monitor said it had documented 1,917 deaths in Syrian prisons since the start ...