Friday, December 13, 2013

News the HP Doesn't Cover: Chemical Attack Confirmed in Damascus

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — UN inspectors said Thursday that chemical weapons were definitely used in a widely publicized August 21 attack near Damascus and probably in four other locations around Syria between March and late August.
The report by UN chemical weapons experts, led by Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom, examined seven alleged chemical weapons attacks and said it lacked information to corroborate the allegations at two locations. The inspectors’ limited mandate barred them from identifying whether the government or opposition fighters were responsible for any of the attacks.Sellstrom issued an initial report on September 16 which concluded that evidence collected in the Ghouta area of Damascus following an August 21 attack provided “clear and convincing evidence that surface-to-surface rockets containing the nerve agent sarin were used.” Graphic video footage showed dozens of people gasping for air and bodies lined up.Thursday’s report said evidence indicated chemical weapons were probably used in Khan al Assal outside Aleppo, Jobar in Damascus’ eastern suburbs, Saraqueb near Idlib in the northwest, and Ashrafiah Sahnaya in the Damascus countryside.The confirmed use of chemical weapons in Ghouta, and the threat of possible US military action, led to a US-Russian agreement to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons by mid-2014. The process of getting Syrian chemicals that can be used to make weapons out of the country is currently underway.

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