Iraq and weapons of mass destruction http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/41256/all en US demands Syria give access to UN arms inspectors http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/us-demands-syria-give-access-un-arms-inspectors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United States on Friday demanded that the Syrian regime allow full access to UN weapons inspectors and cooperate with a probe into claims that chemical arms may have been used in the conflict.</p> <p>"We support an investigation that pursues any and all credible allegations of possible use of chemical weapons," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told inspectors.</p> <p>"And we demand the full cooperation of the Assad regime in letting the investigators in and letting them go wherever the trail leads them," she said, adding they should have "free and unfettered" access.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130322/us-demands-syria-give-access-un-arms-inspectors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Biological warfare Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Politics War AFP Fri, 22 Mar 2013 21:03:09 +0000 5791492 at http://www.globalpost.com Swedish scientist to head U.N. Syria chemical weapons probe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130326/swedish-scientist-head-un-syria-chemical-weapons-probe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has named Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom to head the U.N. investigation into allegations that chemical weapons were used in Syria, Ban's spokesman said on Tuesday.</p> <p>"He is an accomplished scientist with a solid background in disarmament and international security," U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130326/swedish-scientist-head-un-syria-chemical-weapons-probe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Technology United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission Thomson Reuters Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:15:24 +0000 5794447 at http://www.globalpost.com UN excludes major powers from Syria chemical arms inquiry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/un-excludes-major-powers-syria-chemical-arms-inquiry <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The United Nations on Tuesday named a Swedish scientist to lead an inquiry into the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, but has barred experts from the major powers from taking part, officials said Tuesday.</p> <p>UN leader Ban Ki-Moon appointed Ake Sellstrom of Sweden, a veteran of 1990s arms investigations in Iraq, to head the inquiry. No definitive mandate for the inquiry has been announced, although the UN said the aim is not to find who staged the alleged attacks.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/un-excludes-major-powers-syria-chemical-arms-inquiry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Iraq War Technology AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 18:01:26 +0000 5794515 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. team standing by to probe Syria chemical arms faces hurdles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130412/hurdles-un-team-standby-probe-syria-chemical-arms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Anthony Deutsch and Fredrik Dahl</p> <p>THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A team of U.N.-led experts is on standby in Cyprus waiting for the go-ahead to investigate allegations of chemical weapons attacks in Syria, but the mission has been held up by diplomatic wrangling over their powers and how to keep them safe.</p> <p>The team of at least 15 investigators includes analytical chemists, able to collect and test suspected samples, and World Health Organisation experts on the medical effects of exposure to toxins, who could examine alleged victims.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130412/hurdles-un-team-standby-probe-syria-chemical-arms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Chemical warfare Disaster Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:00:37 +0000 5812970 at http://www.globalpost.com Securing Syria's chemical arms would carry huge risks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/securing-syrias-chemical-arms-would-carry-huge-risks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A military mission to secure Syria's chemical arsenal would require a large ground force and pose huge risks, with the outcome hinging on the quality of Western intelligence, experts say.</p> <p>With the Syrian regime suspected of using chemical agents against rebels, US and Western military commanders are planning for a possible worst-case scenario in which an international force would move in to neutralize the lethal weapons.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130503/securing-syrias-chemical-arms-would-carry-huge-risks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business chemical Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Military terminology Social Issues War Weapons of mass destruction AFP Sat, 04 May 2013 01:30:16 +0000 5830785 at http://www.globalpost.com 'No information' Syria rebels used chemical arms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/no-information-syria-rebels-used-chemical-arms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/united-states">United States</a> has no information that the Syrian rebels used chemical weapons as alleged by a UN rights investigator, a top State Department official said Monday.</p> <p>"We have no information to suggest that they have either the capability or the intent to deploy or use such weapons," the senior official said, adding the US administration was trying to gather as many facts as possible.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130506/no-information-syria-rebels-used-chemical-arms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Chemical warfare Iraq and weapons of mass destruction AFP Mon, 06 May 2013 15:30:57 +0000 5831876 at http://www.globalpost.com U.N. says chemical weapons inspectors to visit three Syria sites http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130731/un-says-chemical-weapons-inspectors-visit-three-syria-sites <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria has agreed to allow U.N. investigators to visit three sites to investigate accusations of chemical weapons use during the country's two year civil war, the United Nations said on Wednesday.</p> <p>"The Mission will travel to Syria as soon as possible to contemporaneously investigate three of the reported incidents, including Khan al-Asal," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's press office said in a statement.</p> <p>(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Vicki Allen)</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Thomson Reuters Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:04:50 +0000 5899218 at http://www.globalpost.com Pentagon proposes $2.7 bn in Iraq arms sales http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/pentagon-proposes-27-bn-iraq-arms-sales <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Pentagon has notified the US Congress of $2.7 billion in possible new sales to Iraq of air defense and communications systems.</p> <p>The latest contracts would raise to nearly $5 billion the value of a series of US arms sales to Iraq that have been sent to Congress over the past two weeks.</p> <p>Congress has 30 days to act to block the sales, but otherwise they would have its tacit approval.</p> <p>The biggest of the contracts notified on Monday was worth an estimated $2.4 billion.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/pentagon-proposes-27-bn-iraq-arms-sales" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Military industry War AFP Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:32:28 +0000 5903965 at http://www.globalpost.com Excerpts: UK intelligence assessment of Syrian chemical attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130829/excerpts-uk-intelligence-assessment-syrian-chemical-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>LONDON (Reuters) - The following are excerpts of an assessment by the British government's Joint Intelligence Committee of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria last week.</p> <p>The assessment was supplied by the British government and can be found at</p> <p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/syria-reported-chemical-weapons-use-joint-intelligence-committee-letter" title="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/syria-reported-chemical-weapons-use-joint-intelligence-committee-letter">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/syria-reported-chemical-weapo...</a></p> <p>Joint Intelligence Committee assessment:</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130829/excerpts-uk-intelligence-assessment-syrian-chemical-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia chemical Chemical warfare Human Interest Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:31:19 +0000 5920646 at http://www.globalpost.com White House holds more briefings on Syria for lawmakers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130829/kerry-hagel-among-us-officials-briefing-congress-syria-source <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's national security team is holding at least two briefings on Syria for members of Congress on Friday, congressional aides told Reuters, as the administration works to tamp down criticism that it has not properly consulted lawmakers.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130829/kerry-hagel-among-us-officials-briefing-congress-syria-source" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Health Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Politics Thomson Reuters Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:16:45 +0000 5920877 at http://www.globalpost.com US report: 'high confidence' Assad regime used nerve agent http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130830/us-report-high-confidence-assad-regime-used-nerve-agent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A US intelligence report Friday blamed Syria's government for a chemical weapons attack with "high confidence" and said it was "highly unlikely" the outrage was a ruse plotted by rebels.</p> <p>The report said that 1,429 people were killed in the attack, including 426 children, and said the assessment was based on "multiple" streams of intelligence.</p> <p>"The United States Government assesses with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013," the report, released by the White House said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130830/us-report-high-confidence-assad-regime-used-nerve-agent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Central Intelligence Agency Environment Health Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Politics Weapons of mass destruction AFP Fri, 30 Aug 2013 18:02:39 +0000 5921632 at http://www.globalpost.com Syria's chemical weapons; decades to build, years to destroy http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130911/syrias-chemical-weapons-decades-build-years-destroy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Anthony Deutsch</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/benelux">AMSTERDAM</a> (Reuters) - If Saddam Hussein's <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/iraq">Iraq</a> is anything to go by, destroying <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/syria">Syria</a>'s massive chemical weapons arsenal will mean checking dozens of far-flung sites in a war zone while the government employs delaying tactics to hide the banned munitions, an expert involved in past U.N. disarmament missions said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130911/syrias-chemical-weapons-decades-build-years-destroy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Fertile Crescent Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Technology War Thomson Reuters Wed, 11 Sep 2013 15:46:05 +0000 5931108 at http://www.globalpost.com UN experts to return to Syria soon: chief weapons inspector http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130918/un-experts-return-syria-soon-chief-weapons-inspector <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>UN chemical weapons inspectors will return to Syria soon to investigate various accusations against the regime and opposition, their chief told AFP on Wednesday.</p> <p>"Yes we will be returning to Syria. Our planning isn't finished yet, so I can't say when we will be going, but it will be soon," UN chief inspector Aake Sellstroem said.</p> <p>His team, which went to Syria last month, concluded in a report presented on September 16 that banned chemical weapons were used on a wide scale in the Syria war.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130918/un-experts-return-syria-soon-chief-weapons-inspector" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Chemical warfare Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Sarin AFP Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:19:08 +0000 5937377 at http://www.globalpost.com New Syria dispute clouds UN assembly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130923/new-syria-dispute-clouds-un-assembly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia-US wrangling over a resolution to enforce the destruction of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's chemical weapons cast a shadow Monday over the start of the United Nations General Assembly.</p> <p>Western diplomats said Moscow's refusal to support a Security Council resolution giving legal backing to Syria's disarmament had held up a plan to put the war-torn country's chemical arms under international control.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130923/new-syria-dispute-clouds-un-assembly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Law Syria War AFP Tue, 24 Sep 2013 03:21:43 +0000 5942592 at http://www.globalpost.com French president demands 'coercive' UN measures for Syria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/french-president-demands-coercive-un-measures-syria-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>French President Francois Hollande said Tuesday the UN Security Council had to make a threat of "coercive" measures against Syria if it does not hand over its chemical weapons.</p> <p>Hollande told the UN General Assembly that a resolution being discussed by the major powers must "foresee coercive measures" under Chapter VII of the UN Charter and for those responsible for chemical weapon attacks in Syria to be "held accountable in the justice system."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130924/french-president-demands-coercive-un-measures-syria-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Iraq and weapons of mass destruction Law United Nations AFP Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:46:11 +0000 5943425 at http://www.globalpost.com