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UN extends Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 18, 2016 - 1:12 PM

The UN Security Council adopts a US drafted resolution to prolong the joint investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons until November 2017

Chemical agent possibly found on rocket fired at US troops in Iraq

Sep 22, 2016 - 10:47 AM

Observers have repeatedly alleged ISIS has used chemical weapons and the Pentagon has confirmed the jihadists have deployed chlorine and sulfur mustard devices

Syria opposition makes new push for transition

Sep 08, 2016 - 10:05 AM

The opposition s proposal during one day talks in London comes as the world s chemical weapons watchdog said it is disturbed by the alleged use of toxic chemicals in the battleground city of Aleppo

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (C) talks with members of the Syrian High Negotiations Committee, during their meeting at The Foreign Office in central London on September 7, 2016. Leon Neal/Pool/AFP

Syria regime launched chemical attacks, ISIS used mustard gas – UN report

Aug 25, 2016 - 9:36 AM

A UN panel is able to identify the perpetrators of 3 chemical attacks carried out in 2014 and 2015 but is unable to draw conclusions in the other 6 cases that it has been investigating over the past year

ABOUT SYRIA. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, United Nations, New York, August 22, 2016. JC McIlwain/UN Photo

Will Syria gas attacks probe nail the Assad regime?

Aug 23, 2016 - 1:48 PM

Diplomats are hoping that the 24 member panel tasked with identifying those responsible for deadly chemical attacks in Syria will finally point the finger at President Bashar al Assad s forces

ABOUT SYRIA. A wide view of the Security Council meeting on the situation in Syria, United Nations, New York, August 22, 2016. JC McIlwain/UN Photo

UN panel head gears up for tough Syria gas attacks probe

Nov 03, 2015 - 4:28 PM

Virginia Gamba stresses that the team of 24 multi skilled experts she is assembling will adhere to sound objective impartial guidelines that no one can question to find the culprits

Syria used chlorine gas in attacks – OPCW

Jan 07, 2015 - 9:35 AM

The UN Security Council discuss the report prompting a clash between Britain France the United States and Russia diplomats say

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Pentagon cites progress destroying Syria chemical arms

Aug 13, 2014 - 9:56 AM

The Pentagon says specialists on a US military ship had neutralized 100 of a precursor used to make lethal Sarin gas

The Spanish patrol boat Infanta Elena (P-76), left, escorts the container ship MV Cape Ray (T-AKR 9679) through the Strait of Gibraltar en route to the Mediterranean Sea June 26, 2014. US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Desmond Parks

UN chemical weapons team to return to Syria – envoy

Aug 06, 2014 - 8:33 AM

A team of chemical weapons experts will travel to Syria next month to follow up on Damascus pledge to hand over its arsenal

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Transfer of Syrian chemical weapons complete – Pentagon

Jul 03, 2014 - 8:26 AM

UPDATED The transfer of Syrian chemical weapons from a Danish container ship to a United States vessel is completed in an Italian port

DANGEROUS CARGO. Tug boats help to maneuver the Danish ship Ark Futura as it is docking in the harbor of Gioia Tauro, Italy, 02 July 2014. The vessel is carrying the final batch of Syria's chemical weapons, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said. Franco Cufari/EPA

'Poison' attack on central Syria town

Apr 13, 2014 - 7:47 AM

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says a regime strike in Hama province of central Syria caused suffocation and poisoning

March 'critical' for Syria arms drive: UN official

Mar 06, 2014 - 7:51 AM

The Syrian government blamed the delays on insecurity in the country where it is locked in a brutal war with rebels seeking the overthrow of President Bashar al Assad

ON GUARD. A Norwegian soldier standing guard on one of four Danish and Norwegian vessels deployed to bring Syria’s chemical agents to destruction, during preparations in international waters close to Syria, 29 Dec 2013. Lars Magne Hovtun/Norwegian Armed Forces handout 7 Jan 2014/AFP

First chemical arms material shipped out of Syria

Jan 08, 2014 - 7:13 AM

On the ground the head of Syrian Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra Front urge an end to four days of clashes between rebels and the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

ON GUARD. A Norwegian soldier standing guard on one of four Danish and Norwegian vessels deployed to bring Syria’s chemical agents to destruction, during preparations in international waters close to Syria, 29 Dec 2013. Lars Magne Hovtun/Norwegian Armed Forces handout 7 Jan 2014/AFP

Syria war crimes evidence implicates Assad – UN

Dec 02, 2013 - 11:05 PM

UPDATED The allegations came as Syrian rebels including jihadists captured the historic Christian town of Maalula north of Damascus

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

New batch of PH peacekeepers for Golan Heights

Nov 28, 2013 - 5:09 PM

It s the first batch to leave for the volatile region after the Philippines threatened to pull out the troops because of the security situation there

OFF TO GOLAN: A new batch of 336 Filipino peacekeepers leave for the Golan Heights. Photo from the Philippine Army

More than 11,000 children killed in Syria war – study

Nov 25, 2013 - 9:03 AM

Of the 10 586 children whose cause of death was recorded 128 were killed by chemical weapons in Ghouta near Damascus on August 21 2013

A line of Syrian refugee women, some carrying children, cross into Jordan from southern Syria. The outflow this year has been staggering. UNHCR/N. Daoud

Syria chemical weapons could be destroyed at sea – watchdog

Nov 20, 2013 - 8:30 PM

OPCW: This possibility doesn t exclude the fact that member states continue to think about the possibility of destroying them on land

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

UN votes to condemn Syria rights abuses

Nov 20, 2013 - 9:32 AM

The committee also passed resolutions condemning Iran and North Korea and calling on Myanmar to release political prisoners and ease the suffering of Rohingya Muslims

COUNTRY IN CRISIS. Syrian residents leave the town of Hejeira after the Syrian army seized the town, in the countryside of Damascus, Syria, 13 November 2013. EPA/Stringer

Syria chemical arms production equipment destroyed – OPCW

Oct 31, 2013 - 5:54 PM

All of Syria s declared chemical arms production equipment has been destroyed ahead of a key Friday deadline

A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Syria to meet key chemical arms deadline – UN

Oct 29, 2013 - 9:23 AM

The UN leader stressed that the deadline should be met a mere 34 days after the 15 nation Security Council ordered the destruction

ON A MISSION. Inspectors from the Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrive in Syria to carry out a plan to dismantle the country's chemical weapons production sites. Photo from EPA

Assad: 'Factors not in place' for Syria peace talks

Oct 22, 2013 - 8:15 AM

His comments come as US Secretary of State John Kerry says any attempt by Assad to be re elected would extend the country s civil war

'WHY NOT RUN AGAIN?' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaking during a television interview with journalist Ghassan Bin Jeddo from Al Mayadeen TV in Damascus, Syria, 21 October 2013. EPA/SANA handout

Deadly blast near Syrian capital as envoy pushes peace

Oct 19, 2013 - 5:58 PM

State media blamed the early morning blast at the entrance to the mixed Christian Druze suburb of Jaramana on terrorists the regime term for rebels

Gunmen kidnap Red Cross workers in war-ravaged Syria

Oct 14, 2013 - 7:52 AM

A key opposition group meanwhile said it would not attend any Geneva peace talks

Chemical weapons watchdog wins Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 11, 2013 - 5:02 PM

UPDATED The UN backed OPCW was honored for its extensive efforts to eliminate chemical weapons Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said

NOBEL WINNER. A file picture dated 31 August 2013 shows the flag of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in front of their building in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/Guus Schonewille

Chemical watchdog urges truces so Syria can disarm

Oct 10, 2013 - 9:51 AM

OPCW chief: I think if some temporary ceasefires can be established I think those [disarmament] targets could be reached

GOING BACK TO SYRIA. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) could start working in Syria October 1. The logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

Syria arms inspectors face unprecedented danger – UN

Oct 08, 2013 - 10:28 AM

Ban Ki moon says it would take 100 foreign experts to complete an operation the likes of which has never been tried before

WEAPONS INSPECTORS. A convoy of cars of the team of weapons experts from the Netherlands-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) leaves the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus, Syria, 05 October 2013 to continue their mission to implement a plan to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons production sites by 01 November. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Russia, US OK mid-November Syria peace talks – Lavrov

Oct 07, 2013 - 2:42 PM

The so called Geneva 2 peace conference aims to bring together the warring sides in Syria

MEETING IN BALI. US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) chats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia on October 7, 2013. AFP / Sonny Tumbelaka

Destruction of Syria's chemical weapons begins

Oct 07, 2013 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED The operation performed by Syrian personnel under the supervision of international disarmament experts took place under the terms of a UN Security Council resolution

DAMASCUS ARRIVAL. A convoy of UN vehicles carrying team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrives at the Four Season hotel in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2013. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Chemical experts start Syria mission amid UN calls for access

Oct 03, 2013 - 8:49 PM

It is the first time in the OPCW s history that a mission to destroy chemical weapons is being undertaken in a country embroiled in a civil war

DAMASCUS ARRIVAL. A convoy of UN vehicles carrying team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrives at the Four Season hotel in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2013. EPA/Youssef Badawi

Syria chemical disarmament team begins mission

Oct 02, 2013 - 7:24 PM

The task is huge as Syria s arsenal is believed to include more than 1 000 tons of sarin mustard gas and other banned chemicals stored at an estimated 45 sites

DAMASCUS ARRIVAL. A convoy of UN vehicles carrying team of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrives at the Four Season hotel in Damascus, Syria, 01 October 2013. EPA/Youssef Badawi

UN's Ban holds first meeting with Syrian opposition chief

Sep 29, 2013 - 10:38 AM

Meeting likely to infuriate President Bashar al Assad s government

Where did Syria's chemical weapons come from?

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:22 PM

There is intriguing evidence pointing at long ago help from Moscow and help from Western European countries

GOING BACK TO SYRIA. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now en route to Syria. The logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

UN resumes Syria chemical hunt as Ban presses major powers

Sep 26, 2013 - 12:18 PM

UPDATED Wrangling within the Syrian opposition dealt a new blow to hopes for a peace conference to end the 30 month old conflict

WALKING TOWARDS AGREEMENT? US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov leave at the end of their bilateral meeting during the 68th United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, USA, 24 September 2013. EPA/Jason Szenes

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Sep 26, 2013 - 5:00 AM

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UN chemical arms experts en route to Syria

Sep 25, 2013 - 2:49 PM

The team led by chief expert Ake Sellstrom is expected to examine the alleged use of chemical weapons some 14 times in Syria s 30 month conflict

GOING BACK TO SYRIA. Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are now en route to Syria. The logo of the OPCW is pictured outside its building in The Hague, The Netherlands, August 31, 2013. EPA/Evert-Jan Daniels

World powers wrangle over Syria resolution at UN

Sep 24, 2013 - 11:04 PM

UPDATED The annual summit of world powers came as Moscow signaled it may allow a US Russian plan to collect and destroy Assad s poison gas arsenal to be enshrined in international law

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the audience during the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo by Timothy Clary/AFP

Syria hands chemical data to world watchdog on time

Sep 21, 2013 - 7:39 PM

UPDATED The OPCW Technical Secretariat is currently reviewing the information received

Chemical watchdog examines Syria weapons details

Sep 21, 2013 - 12:27 PM

On the ground rebels agreed a truce with jihadists in a key border town while a senior Syrian official said Damascus wanted a ceasefire in the 30 month war

TAKING AIM. A rebel fighter fires at pro-government forces in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 20, 2013. AFP/Jalal al-Halabi

Assad: One year, $1B needed to destroy chemical arms

Sep 19, 2013 - 7:29 AM

UPDATED In a confident interview with US network Fox News Assad insisted that Syria was not gripped by civil war but was the victim of infiltration by foreign backed Al Qaeda fighters

'NO CIVIL WAR.' Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with former US congressman Dennis Kucinich and FOX News foreign correspondent Greg Palkot, aired September 18, 2013 over FOX News. Frame grab courtesy FOX News/Syrian presidency

UN experts to return to Syria soon – chief weapons inspector

Sep 18, 2013 - 6:28 PM

UPDATED UN chemical weapons inspectors will return to Syria soon to investigate various accusations against the regime and opposition their chief said

Syria gives Russia 'new evidence' on chemical attack

Sep 18, 2013 - 5:09 PM

UPDATED Russia slammed as biased and one sided a UN report that the West says proves the regime s guilt

DAMASCUS MEETING. A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on September 18, 2013 shows Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov (L) meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the capital Damascus. AFP/SANA/Handout

UN SecGen to press major powers on Syria

Sep 18, 2013 - 8:26 AM

Ban made the announcement as UN envoys from the five permanent Security Council members failed to agree on a resolution on destroying Syria s chemical weapons

ON SYRIA. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters following Security Council consultations on Syria, September 16, 2013. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

UN details 'chilling' Syria sarin attack

Sep 16, 2013 - 9:58 PM

3rd UPDATE UN experts said they had gathered clear and convincing evidence that surface to surface rockets took sarin gas into the opposition held Damascus suburb of Ghouta on August 21

SAMPLING. A United Nations (UN) arms expert collects samples as they inspect the site where rockets had fallen in Damascus' eastern Ghouta suburb during an investigation into a suspected chemical weapons strike near the capital. Photo from AFP

Ban to present key Syria chemical report

Sep 16, 2013 - 9:56 AM

Ban has already revealed that he expects the report by a UN investigation team to give overwhelming confirmation that arms were used in an Aug 21 attack near Damascus

SYRIA REPORT OUT SOON. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will present the key report on alleged chemical weapons in Syria. In this file photo, Ban attends a General Assembly debate 11 September 2013, United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

US-Russia plan on Syria arms wins China support

Sep 15, 2013 - 4:10 PM

China s support eases the US Russia plan s route towards the UN Security Council and hiking pressure on Damascus to act within days

IN AGREEMENT. US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) speaks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (R) before a press conference in Geneva on September 14, 2013 after they met for talks on Syria's chemical weapons. AFP/Philippe Desmazes

#Syria: Commitment, double standard and refugees

Sep 15, 2013 - 2:18 AM

Megalomaniac rulers have a history of not keeping their word and the US a history of employing double standards

UN will act if Syria breaches chemical arms obligations

Sep 14, 2013 - 8:00 PM

UPDATED Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says the United Nations Security Council will act if Syria breached its obligations under the international convention banning chemical weapons

SYRIAN CRISIS. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov speaks during his press conference on situation in Syria, in Moscow, Russia, 26 August 2013. File photo by EPA/Maxim Shipenkov

US and Russia in landmark deal on Syria weapons

Sep 14, 2013 - 6:53 PM

UPDATED Arms inspectors must be on the ground in Syria by November with the goal of eliminating the country s chemical weapons by mid 2014 US Secretary of State John Kerry says

AGREEMENT. The United States and Russia, in talks to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program came to agreement on the size of its toxic stockpiles. Photo by AFP

UN report will confirm Syria chemical weapons use: Ban

Sep 14, 2013 - 12:59 AM

Ban also told reporters that Syrian President Bashar al Assad has carried out many crimes against humanity

UN Security Council powers hold Syria resolution talks

Sep 12, 2013 - 7:31 AM

No agreement was reached; Diplomat: Everyone seems to want to leave space for the Kerry Lavrov initiative

UNSC MEETING. In this file photo, the UN Security Council meets 14 August 2013, at the UN headquarters. UN/JC McIlwaine