Mar 3, 2015

Watchdog: Two Syrian chemical weapons facilities destroyed

The global chemical weapons watchdog said in a new report that it has destroyed two Syrian chemical weapons facilities and expects the destruction of all 12 facilities to be completed this summer. Ahmet Uzumcu, head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, ...

Mar 2, 2015

Deadly bacteria released from U.S. high-security lab

U.S. officials in Louisiana are investigating how a dangerous and often deadly bacteria got out of a high-security laboratory at a research facility, USA Today reported on Sunday. Authorities told the newspaper there was no risk to the public, though the extent of the ...

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 ...