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#Chemical Weapons

# chemical-weapons - Sunday 8 September, 2013

US senators release graphic videos of Syrian chemical weapons victims

The videos were released overnight as the Obama administration embarks on a media blitz to press the case for intervention in the coming days.

# chemical-weapons - Friday 6 September, 2013

G20 fails to heal rift on Syria at Russia talks

Putin has emerged as one of the most implacable critics of military intervention against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

# chemical-weapons - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

'The world set a red line on Syria, not me' - Obama

The US president said that he believed he would get Congressional backing for strikes on Syria.

# chemical-weapons - Sunday 1 September, 2013

John Kerry: US has evidence sarin nerve gas was used in Syria

Obama says America is ready for strike action following the chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,400 people.

# chemical-weapons - Saturday 31 August, 2013

Obama asks Congress to authorise military action against Syria

The decision represents a significant gamble for Obama, who has an estranged relationship with lawmakers.

UN chemical weapons inspectors leave Syria

The team will head to The Hague to assess the evidence gathered during their probe.

# chemical-weapons - Friday 30 August, 2013

President Obama says no decision has been made on Syria but insists world must act

The US Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that “the question is no longer what do we know, the question is what we in the international community do now.”

Poll: Should international military forces intervene in Syria? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should international military forces intervene in Syria?

The British House of Commons has rejected a call for military strikes but do you think international forces should intervene in Syria?

British 'no' hits US plans for coalition against Syria

Chuck Hagel has insisted Washington is still seeking an “international coalition” to take action against the regime.

# chemical-weapons - Thursday 29 August, 2013

French armed forces 'ready' to intervene in Syria if called upon

Meanwhile, UN weapons inspectors left their hotels, but it is not known what their destination is at this point.

# chemical-weapons - Wednesday 28 August, 2013

Column: 'Chemical weapons' are in the news for dreadful reasons – but what are they?

The images coming from Syria of small bodies wrapped in shrouds do not indicate the horrors of the moments before death – and the fact that humans are willing to inflict this on others must not be shied away from, writes Ann Cronin.

Gilmore: Syria needs a political solution - not a military invasion

The Minister for Foreign Affairs described the deliberate use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria as “a very serious war crime” – but called for diplomacy rather than an invasion.

# chemical-weapons - Tuesday 27 August, 2013

Syria weapons inspection delayed over safety fears

The investigation has been delayed until tomorrow as rebels fail to guarantee the experts’ safety.

# chemical-weapons - Monday 26 August, 2013

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# chemical-weapons - Sunday 25 August, 2013

UN experts to investigate whether chemical weapons were used in Syria

The team from the UN will begin an investigation tomorrow.

# chemical-weapons - Saturday 24 August, 2013

Doctors: 3,600 Syrians had symptoms on day of alleged chemical weapon attack

The victims all flooded into three hospitals within hours of each other, and 355 of them died, according to Médecins Sans Frontières.

UN envoy arrives in Syria for talks on chemical weapons probe

Meanwhile the US Defence Secretary has suggested that forces are being moved into place in case Obama opts for military action.

# chemical-weapons - Friday 23 August, 2013

Obama says Syria 'will require America's attention'

The US president called the Syrian attack where it is alleged chemical weapons were used, ‘a big event of grave concern’.

Column: Those Syrian children are dead because the world didn't try to save them

Using chemical weapons and targeting innocent civilians are war crimes. But so is silence – and every day we sit back while this slaughter continues is another day that we have facilitated the killing of innocent people, writes Maurice McQuillan.

# chemical-weapons - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

Syrian opposition accuses regime of killing 1,300 in chemical weapons attack

Pro-opposition groups say that government forces used a “poisonous gas” in an attack earlier today but the government says the reports are “totally false”.

# chemical-weapons - Tuesday 9 July, 2013

Russia hands evidence of Syria nerve gas attack to UN

The Syrian government has refused to let a UN inspection team into the country, but this week invited UN officials for talks on the investigation.

# chemical-weapons - Saturday 15 June, 2013

Russia questions Syrian chemical weapons evidence

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Assad’s regime would not use chemical weapons as it is gaining an advantage against the rebels.

# chemical-weapons - Friday 14 June, 2013

Barack Obama has decided it's time to send weapons to Syrian rebels

Associated Press reports that the White House has reached a view that the Syrian crisis requires greater intervention by western powers.

# chemical-weapons - Monday 6 May, 2013

Syria's rebels are using chemical weapons too, says UN investigator

A member of a UN panel investigating alleged war crimes says it appears that the rebels are using sarin gas.

# chemical-weapons - Thursday 2 May, 2013

US reconsidering whether to arm Syrian rebels as at least 50 die in Bayda

The potential rethink comes a week after the US said that they believed that chemical weapons had been used in the country.

# chemical-weapons - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Obama: Chemical weapons used in Syria, but we don't know who used them

Obama said there was no evidence to indicate when, who and how chemical weapons were used in Syria as he spoke to the media about Guantanamo Bay and Russian relations earlier today.

# chemical-weapons - Thursday 25 April, 2013

US believe it's likely that Syria have used chemical weapons

Obama previously said that their use would be a “grave and tragic” mistake on Assad’s behalf and that it would be a “game changer.”

# chemical-weapons - Thursday 23 August, 2012

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UK warns it will 'revisit' stance on Syria if government uses chemical weapons

Meanwhile, a harrowing first-hand report from Amnesty International workers documents a sharp increase in extrajudicial and summary executions of civilians in Aleppo.

# chemical-weapons - Tuesday 21 August, 2012

US will intervene in Syrian crisis - but only if Assad uses chemical weapons

President Obama says the issue of Syrian WMDs is two-fold, raising fears that chemical or biological weapons may fall into the hands of anti-Israeli extremists.

# chemical-weapons - Tuesday 24 July, 2012

Fighter jets, helicopter gunships target rebel areas of Syria's Aleppo - reports

The country’s second city has seen fresh heavy violence today, according to reports from the area.

# chemical-weapons - Monday 23 July, 2012

Syria threatens using WMDs as EU prepares to withdraw citizens

Cyprus’s justice minister says the bloc is “prepared for the worst”, as Syria reveals its WMD for the first time.

# chemical-weapons - Tuesday 17 July, 2012

Assad regime 'could use chemical weapons'

Syria’s ex-ambassador to Iraq, Nawaf Fares, said that there are unconfirmed reports that such weapons might have already been used.

# chemical-weapons - Monday 2 May, 2011

The Daily Fix: Monday

Our collection of the day’s news, developments and random tidbits.

Gaddafi shells Misrata amid chemical weapons fears

As the shelling of Misrata continues, fears grow that Col Gaddafi’s forces are preparing to use chemical weapons in their fight to defeat the rebels.