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Chemical Weapons

Sarin Over Aleppo

Jonathan R. Hunt | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Jonathan R. Hunt

Revelations that the Russian Foreign Minister and Hillary Clinton agreed that Washington would refrain from intervening in Syria if Russia secured Bashar Assad's chemical weapons demonstrated how compromise unavoidably attends American efforts to spread humanitarian ideals globally.

Gun Control and Arms Control

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 03.01.2013 | World
Lawrence Wittner

Preventing or restraining armed aggression needs to be tackled not only by arms control and disarmament, but by just and effective governance on the local, national, and international levels.

Syrian Rebels Fear Chemical Weapons

AP | KARIN LAUB | Posted 02.18.2013 | World

MAARET MISREEN, Syria — The new Syrian rebel chief said he's been moving between safe houses since taking up command, even changing quarters twi...

How to Avoid a Failed Post-Assad Syria

Joel Rubin | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
Joel Rubin

While there are no good options for how to deal with this situation, there still are options that we must explore that will both put an end to this conflict while securing our interests.

Should the U.S. Secure Syria's Chemical Weapons?

Jesse Aizenstat | Posted 02.13.2013 | World
Jesse Aizenstat

Given the historical nature of when states tend to use chemical weapons, it would seem unlikely President Assad would use them now. But problems still exist.

Scolding Syria

Joseph Blady, M.D. | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
Joseph Blady, M.D.

If our government wants to draw an arbitrary, rather hypocritical line in the sand at Assad's use of chemical weapons, fine. If we're going to bring the world back to its senses, we have to start somewhere. But I would apply two caveats.

Reports: Syria Prepares Chemical Weapons For Possible Use

Posted 12.06.2012 | World

Syria's military has loaded chemical weapons into aerial bombs and is awaiting authorization for their use from President Bashar al-Assad, NBC News an...

The Road of Damascus: Shared Heritage Imperiled by a Savage Civil War

Paul Gunther | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Paul Gunther

Syria endures as one of the world's greatest cultural crossroads. Its architectural and archeological record lends dignity and pride of place to its citizens. The question today is, can this precious national patrimony survive another year or even a few more months?

The Trouble with Syria

Joshua Gleis | Posted 10.09.2012 | World
Joshua Gleis

For many people around the world, Syria's civil war might not appear to have particular significance for them. Yet the troubles in Syria could quickly escalate, causing very real consequences felt worldwide.

Assad Regime's Final WMD Gambit Plays to Israel, U.S. Fears

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 09.24.2012 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Last week when rebels infiltrated the capital, surprising both the military and the residents living there, many analysts predicted that the Assad regime's downfall was imminent.

Israel: Syria's Chemical Weapons 'Under Full Control' Of The Regime

Reuters | Posted 09.23.2012 | World

JERUSALEM, July 24 (Reuters) - The Syrian government is still in full control of its chemical weapons stockpiles, a senior Israeli d...

Late Libyan Leader Had Undeclared Stockpile Of Chemical Weapons

AP | By MIKE CORDER | Posted 01.20.2012 | World

AMSTERDAM -- International inspectors have confirmed that late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi had an undeclared stockpile of chemical weapons, the or...

Last Chemical Weapons Burned In Utah

AP | By PAUL FOY | Posted 01.19.2012 | Denver

STOCKTON, Utah -- Gary McCloskey may have destroyed more chemical weapons than any man alive, but he barely reacted when the final weapons from the wo...

As Assad Regime Disintegrates, What Will Happen to Its Huge Chemical Weapons Stockpile?

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2012 | World
Alan Elsner

As Syria teeters ever closer to civil war, one little-discussed danger concerns the fate of its stockpile of deadly chemical weapons, possibly the largest in the world.

Officials: Iran May Have Helped Libya With Chemical Weapons

iWatch News | R. Jeffrey Smith, Joby Warrick and Colum Lynch | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

The Obama administration is investigating whether Iran supplied the Libyan government of Moammar Gadhafi with hundreds of special artillery shells for...

Inspectors To Track Down Chemical Weapons In Libya

AP | MIKE CORDER | Posted 01.04.2012 | World

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The organization that oversees the global ban on chemical weapons said Friday it will work with Libya's new rulers to "...

Libya's Prime Minister Confirms Presence Of Chemical Weapons

AP | Posted 12.30.2011 | World

TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya's interim prime minister on Sunday confirmed the presence of chemical weapons in Libya and said foreign inspectors would ...

Mustard Gas Leak Detected At Pueblo's Army Chemical Depot

Reuters | by Keith Coffman | Posted 10.03.2011 | Denver

DENVER (Reuters) - Mustard gas vapors were detected seeping from a chemical weapons depot in southern Colorado on Tuesday, but no one was sickened or ...

The Lesson the U.S. Is Teaching the World in Libya

Jonathan Schwarz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Schwarz

In all the discussion about the current U.S. bombing of Libya, something important has gone almost unnoticed -- the lesson the United States is teaching the government of every country on earth.

Egypt's Nuclear Dimension

Joe Cirincione | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Cirincione

As a free Egypt transforms itself, analysts are nervously watching for signs of new nuclear ambitions. Why has Egypt never come clean about the full scope of its nuclear activities and experimentation?

America Can't Wait for Chemical Disaster Prevention

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

Instead of fixating on outrage over a mosque in New York, perhaps we should all be more focused on an issue that actually saves lives by protecting millions of Americans who remain at risk from chemical disasters.

Researchers Develop Material To Minimize Effects Of Chemical, Biological Weapons

The Pitt News | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Pitt researchers have created a material that can neutralize some effects of chemical and biological weapons. Researchers created the material out ...

Pueblo Chemical Weapons Talks Stall Over Level Of Worker Health Protection

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — State and Army officials say they've reached an impasse in negotiations on monitoring chemical weapons stored outside Pueblo, Colo. Th...

Fallujah Birth Defects Raise Specter Of U.S. Chemical-Weapons Use In Iraq (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A large and growing number of Iraqi children are suffering from severe birth defects, as shown in the heartbreaking CNN segment embedded below, and th...

Army's Botched Deadlines Could Force Arms Depots To Blow Up Chemical Weapons

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

(Scroll Down For Video) RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Under the gun to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile - and now all but certain to miss their d...