WWI Belgian gas attack anniversary marked

Apr 19, 2015

WWI Belgian gas attack anniversary marked

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As a spring breeze wafted into his trench, commander Georges Lamour of the French 73rd Infantry saw something almost surreal drift his way: A yellow-green cloud. He barely had time to react. “All my trenches are choked,” Lamour cried into the field telephone to ...

Apr 14, 2015

Right group's report says Syria may have used toxic chemicals in attacks

An international human rights group says evidence “strongly suggests” that Syrian government forces used toxic chemicals in several “barrel bomb” attacks in northwestern Syria last month. Human Rights Watch quoted rescue workers as saying the attacks in Idlib province from March 16 to March ...

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Mar 21, 2015

Report says nearly 650,000 Syrians living in besieged areas

Nearly 650,000 Syrians are living in besieged communities in the country’s civil war, more than three times the U.N. estimate, according to a new report that offers a graphic account of hundreds of deaths in areas the world has struggled for years to reach. ...

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. begins destroying its largest chemical weapons cache

The U.S. Army began destroying the nation’s largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons Wednesday, using explosives to rip open a container of mustard agent inside a sealed chamber and then flooding it with another chemical to neutralize it. It was the first few pounds ...

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Mar 17, 2015

Iraq's 'Angel of Death' takes on the Islamic State

Abu Azrael — Father of the Angel of Death — is the black-bearded, blade-wielding embodiment of the retribution many Iraqis want against brutal jihadis who seized swaths of their country. A Facebook page dedicated to the fighter in the Shiite Imam Ali Brigades militia ...

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

Mar 16, 2015

Kerry suggests place for Assad in Syria talks

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would have to negotiate with Syrian President Bashar Assad for a political transition in Syria and was exploring ways with other countries to pressure him into agreeing to talks. But State Department spokeswoman Marie ...

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Mar 15, 2015

Iraqi Kurds claim Islamic State group used chemical weapons

Kurdish authorities in Iraq said Saturday they have evidence that the Islamic State group used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon against peshmerga fighters, the latest alleged atrocity carried out by the extremist organization now under attack in Tikrit. The allegation by the Kurdistan ...

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Mar 12, 2015

Satellite images capture how the lights have gone out in Syria

Over the four years that researcher Xi Li has watched Syria’s civil war unfold through nighttime satellite imagery, he has seen the pinpricks of light that dotted the north and east fade and the Mediterranean coast darken until 83 percent of the country’s lights ...