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April 27, 2015

By Jett Goldsmith

Chemical Crisis: A Timeline of CW Attacks in Syria’s Civil War

On April 16, 2015, the United Nations Security Council heard firsthand accounts of doctors who treated the most recent victims of a wave of Assad’s trademark barrel bombings. The Idlib Governorate in northwestern Syria, a region controlled mostly by opposition forces, was bombarded over several weeks in March by dozens of AIEDs dropped from SyAAF…

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January 23, 2015

By Jett Goldsmith

Were Chemical Weapons Used in Donetsk Airport’s Last Stand?

By Jett Goldsmith Donetsk International Airport in Donetsk, Ukraine, served over 1.1 million passengers in 2013 before it was seized by Russian-backed rebels aligned with the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in May of 2014. Large outbursts of conflict followed in the coming months, with Ukrainian forces conducting air raids, and both the Ukrainian army and the…

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October 14, 2014

By Dan Kaszeta

Is it Mustard or Not? Guidelines for Assessing Claimed Use of the Mustard Family of Blister Agents

There have been a number of alleged incidents claiming to involve “Mustard Gas” (i.e. Sulfur Mustard or one of its variants) in the last year. Some are more credible than others, but it seems that allegations of Mustard usage are becoming more commonplace. Some examples of claimed use include the following: Venezuela: In February 2014,…

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September 1, 2014

By Eliot Higgins

Reports of New Improvised Chemical Weapons Used by the Syrian Air Force

Last week, the OHCHR’s independent international commission of inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic published their latest report on the conflict in Syria, with one section detailing the use of chlorine gas as a chemical weapons by Syrian government forces. The report states Reasonable grounds exist to believe that chemical agents, likely chlorine, were used on…

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August 12, 2014

By Dan Kaszeta

CBRN Warfare and the Collection of Useful Evidence

Allegations of the use of chemical, biological, or radiological weapons or materials are occasionally made during conflicts.  Establishing actual facts on the ground after an alleged incident is particularly difficult due to the physical properties of such devices and weapons.  Collecting evidence in such circumstances is simultaneously very important, potentially hazardous  and very difficult. Establishing…

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