Feb 18, 2015

Turkey to help U.S. train and equip Syrian opposition fighters

The United States and Turkey have reached a tentative agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters and expect to sign the pact soon, U.S. and Turkish officials said on Tuesday, with Ankara predicting a signing in days. The U.S. military is planning ...

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 ...