ALEPPO, Syria — Syrians in Aleppo think this device, which hospitalized more than 20 people with symptoms like foaming at the mouth, is a chemical weapon used by the Syrian government. But experts have their doubts.
ALEPPO — A Kurdish militia group, which has maintained relatively fluid alliances during the 2-year-old Syrian conflict, clashed with Free Syrian Army rebels on Friday. Several people were killed in the initial fighting, including an 8-year-old boy. Heavy gunfire and mortar attacks continued into the night.
As evidence of possible chemical weapons use in Syria mounts, so do the calls in some quarters for a full-scale military intervention in the now two-year-long conflict that has cost roughly 70,000 lives. President Barack Obama had said chemical attacks by regime forces on Syrian civilians would constitute a “red line” for his administration in its willingness to intervene against the brutal government of Syrian president, Bashar Al Assad.
JERUSALEM — Brigadier-General Itai Brun, head of research at the Israeli army's intelligence division, said victims showed signs of poisoning by the deadly nerve gas sarin, including contraction of the pupils and foaming at the mouth. France and the UK have also presented evidence to the United Nations of chemical weapons use in Syria. US President Barack Obama once said such developments would be a "game changer."
IDLIB PROVINCE, Syria — As the death toll across the country approaches 90,000 by some counts and the refugee crisis soars past a million, the battle for Syria is rippling far beyond the visible tragedies. One woman explains that women are suffering most from Syria’s war. “Our husbands are always gone," she says. "We must deal with everything alone.”