Blog archive: Syria

  • 23rd May 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The United States is threatening a "strong, swift response" to what it describes as "signs that the Assad regime may be renewing its use of chemical weapons" against rebels in north-west Syria. Last Friday, Jonathan Cohen, the acting US representative at the United Nations, warned...
  • 21st May 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Claims that international investigators "suppressed" evidence relating to chemical weapons in Syria have been circulating on social media during the past week. The renewed controversy revolves around two conflicting documents, both emanating from the Organisation for...
  • 16th May 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A leaked document which contradicts key findings of an official investigation into chemical weapons in Syria has surfaced on the internet. Described as an "engineering assessment" and marked "draft for internal review", it appears to have been written by an employee of the Organisation for...
  • 9th May 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    More than five years after Assad regime said it was renouncing chemical weapons, international inspectors are still unable to verify that it has really done so. Syria joined the Chemical Weapons Convention under international pressure in 2013 following a nerve agent attack in Ghouta that killed...
  • 8th May 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A mysterious organisation that calls itself "Labour Friends of Palestine" has started posting tweets in support of Nigel Farage and his Brexit party. It posted two of them on Monday – one from the Brexit party saying "Another fantastic rally in Chester!" ... ... and one from Farage himself...
  • 17th March 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A recent report by the chemical weapons watchdog, OPCW, has caused a flurry of activity among defenders of the Assad regime who claim chemical attacks in Syria have been faked or staged by rebels. The obvious conclusion to be drawn from the OPCW report was that two cylinders of chlorine gas...
  • 2nd March 2019
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    On Friday the OPCW's fact-finding mission issued its final report on alleged chemical attacks in the rebel-held Syrian town of Douma last April.  Dozens of people were reportedly killed by a release of toxic chemicals and the US, Britain and France responded shortly afterwards with...
  • 21st November 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Russian-led move to restrict investigation of chemical attacks in Syria was heavily defeated at the Chemical Weapons Convention review conference in The Hague on Tuesday. As a result, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) will now be able to carry out further...
  • 19th October 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A lobbyist who has received at least $120,000 for PR activities on behalf of Libyan warlord Khalifa Haftar is one of the scheduled speakers at a controversial meeting to be held in the House of Lords later this month. The meeting, billed as a discussion on postwar "reconstruction and...
  • 19th September 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Peter Hitchens, the Mail On Sunday columnist, claims to have detected a "very interesting pattern" in official reports about chemical weapon allegations in Syria. The pattern, he says, is that "if official reports don't justify punitive attacks on Syria, new reports then appear, which do...
  • 13th September 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A "vast body of evidence" supports claims that a chemical attack took place in Douma earlier this year, the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said yesterday.  The reported attack, on April 7, led to airstrikes by American, British and French forces six days later. As on all previous...
  • 12th September 2018
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Video footage of a faked chemical attack in Syria, which the Russian military claimed would be "handed to global news outlets by the end of Tuesday", has so far failed to materialise. According to a briefing note issued by the Russian Centre for Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in...

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