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Report: Islamic State Chemical Weapons Threat ‘Has Not Been Entirely Erased’

An Iraqi scientist currently on death row for helping the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) develop chemical weapons confirmed that the jihadi group successfully made a new form of the lethal toxin sulfur mustard gas that killed and maimed thousands during World War I, the Washington Post (WaPo) reported this week, noting that the terrorist group likely hid some of those chemicals.

This image made from an AP video posted on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 shows shows Syrians in protective suits and gas masks conducting a drill on how to treat casualties of a chemical weapons attack in Aleppo, Syria. The Islamic State group is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting …

U.S. Accuses Iran of Developing Banned Chemical Weapons

The U.S. envoy to a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) accused Iran on Thursday of developing banned chemical weapons and failing to disclose its activities as required by the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.

Western powers are lobbying frantically to win support for moves to empower the world's chemical weapons watchdog (OPCW)

Report: Russia Demands More Israeli Notice Before Strikes in Syria

Russia is demanding Israel give it more advanced notice before carrying out airstrikes on targets in Syria, Israeli television reported Wednesday, as newly published satellite photographs purported to show the deployment of four advanced Russian anti-aircraft batteries near a suspected Syrian chemical weapons site.

A 9A83ME launcher unit of the S-300VM 'Antey-2500' (NATO reporting name SA-23 Gladiator\Giant), Russian-made anti-ballistic missile system, is displayed during the MAKS-2013, the International Aviation and Space Show, in Zhukovsky, outside Moscow, on August 27, 2013. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Investigators Find More Evidence Assad Used Chlorine Gas on Civilians

United Nations war crimes investigators reported on Wednesday they have uncovered more evidence that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad used chlorine gas weapons against civilians on three occasions — one of them in the northwestern province of Idlib, where the U.N. fears Assad and his Russian allies will soon massacre civilians in a massive assault.

TOPSHOT - Um Majid (L) tries an improvised gas mask on familiy members in her home in Binnish in Syria's rebel-held northern Idlib province as part of preparations for any upcoming raids on September 12, 2018. - The Syrian regime and its Russian ally are threatening an offensive to retake …

Protests Grow as Syria Takes Chair of Global Disarmament Body

The Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad created diplomatic uproar Tuesday as it assumed the rotating presidency of the UN-backed Conference on Disarmament (CD) at a time when Damascus is widely accused of using chemical weapons against its own people.

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Chemical Weapons Watchdog Seeks to Exhume Syria Attack Victims

Inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are seeking to exhume the bodies of victims from the suspected chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, on the theory that traces of nerve agents like sarin gas will linger in human tissue for much longer than environmental samples from the attack site.

OPCW experts to exhume bodies of Douma attack victims: report

Russia to Ship Missile Defense System to Syria

Russian Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi stated on Wednesday that Moscow will supply Syria with “new missile defense systems soon.” He did not specify the equipment involved, but other reports in the Russian press suggest he was referring to the vaunted S-300 surface-to-air missile launcher.

MOSCOW REGION, RUSSIA - APRIL 5, 2017: S-300 long range surface-to-air missile systems seen at Alabino Range during a rehearsal for the upcoming 9 May military parade marking the 72nd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. Valery Sharifulin/TASS (Photo by Valery Sharifulin\TASS via Getty Images)