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Aziz Esber was assassinated by Israeli spies who believed the chemical weapons director was developing specialised missiles for Iran, according to an anonymous intelligence source.

Dr. Aziz Esber, director of the Center for Scientific Research in Masyaf was killed in an attack in Hama province near the town of Masyaf.

OPCW says gaps in Syria’s chemical weapons declaration

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OPCW says gaps in Syria’s chemical weapons declaration

Syria's government has been accused repeatedly of using chemical weapons in the seven-year civil war, which it denies.

US sanctions entities 'linked to Syria chemical weapons programme'

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US sanctions entities 'linked to Syria chemical weapons programme'

There have been at least 85 chemical attacks across Syria since 2013.

Daraa: Assad's violence, western indifference; a painfully familiar story

James Snell

Daraa: Assad's violence, western indifference; a painfully familiar story

Comment: The US and NATO are standing by as Assad's regime inflicts death and violence on the Syrian people. We've seen this before, writes ...

The New Arab & agencies

UN chemical watchdog gains new powers, Russia threatens quitting

The OPCW chemical weapons watchdog has been granted extra powers allowing it to identify perpetrators of toxic arms attacks in Syria, as Russia threatened to leave the UN body.

The New Arab & agencies

Russia, Syria clash with West on boosting chemical watchdog

Britain and the US have led a passionate call to halt the use of chemical weapons by empowering the world's watchdog, triggering fierce ...

The New Arab

Sarin, chlorine 'very likely' used in Syria: OPCW

OPCW found the nerve agent sarin and toxic chemical chlorine were likely used as weapons in two attacks in Syria.

The New Arab & agencies

US boycotts world disarmament body as Syria takes helm

The US protested after Syria's turn to chair the Conference on Disarmament came around, saying its presidency "normalises" the regime and its ...

Protests as Syria takes chair of world disarmament body

The New Arab & agencies

Protests as Syria takes chair of world disarmament body

The US and the UK have objected to Syria taking over the rotating presidency of the Conference on Disarmament.

Stanley Heller

Scott Ritter has completely lost it on Syria

Comment: Once a voice of reason on WMDs in Iraq, Ritter has been taken in by conspiracy theories and propaganda to draw fundamentally flawed ...

France freezes company assets over Syria chemical weapons links

The New Arab

France freezes company assets over Syria chemical weapons links

France has sanctioned nine companies and three individuals suspected of developing chemical weapons for the Syrian regime.

OPCW confirms <em>chlorine</em> used in February attack in Syria

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OPCW confirms chlorine used in February attack in Syria

The chemical weapons' watchdog has said chlorine was 'likely' used in an attack in Syria's Saraqeb in February.

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Paul Iddon

April showed Syrian conflict is as dangerous as ever

Analysis: Even though the Syrian conflict is almost a decade old, last month's deadly events prove it is still as devastating and dangerous as ...

French special forces 'to reinforce US' in Syria: Mattis

The New Arab & agencies

French special forces 'to reinforce US' in Syria: Mattis

French forces will help the US lead a 're-energised effort' against the Islamic State in Syria, in contradiction to Trump's earlier claims ...

The New Arab & agencies

Syrian regime retakes region outside capital from rebels

Syria’s regime on Wednesday moved to tighten its grip on the capital as it retook a region outside Damascus from rebels and pounded southern districts to oust militants.

The New Arab & agencies

Chemical weapons inspectors visit second Syria 'gas attack' site

Experts from the global chemical weapons watchdog have visited a second site in the Syrian town of Douma as they probe an alleged poison gas ...

The New Arab

Syria group releases database of chemical attacks

A Syrian activist group has released a list of all suspected chemical attacks since 2012.

The New Arab & agencies

What next for Syria's chemical weapons investigation?

Medics and rescuers have said more than 60 people were killed in the then rebel-held town, while Damascus and its ally Moscow have dismissed the ...

Are there really 'no good guys' in Syria?

Muhammad Idrees Ahmad

Are there really 'no good guys' in Syria?

Comment: The 'no good guys' argument places the largely peaceful Syrian uprising on the same moral plane as the murderous regime that forced it ...

The New Arab & agencies

US, Syrian opposition claim Assad still has chemical capability

Both the Pentagon and Syrian opposition officials have voiced their concern that the Assad regime still has capacity to conduct chemical ...

Trump's Syria 'action' is a triumph for Assad

Sam Hamad

Trump's Syria 'action' is a triumph for Assad

Comment: The coalition's attack on Assad's chemical weapons bases demonstrates they have no intention whatsoever of making a meaningful ...

US-led strikes 'failed to deter' Assad from chemical warfare

The New Arab

US-led strikes 'failed to deter' Assad from chemical warfare

US-led missile strikes against the Syrian regime have failed to destroy its chemical stockpiles and have not deterred their use in future, ...

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

James Snell

Assad's regime will return to 'business as usual' brutality

Comment: Not only did Trump's much vaunted strikes fail to threaten Assad; they have actually bolstered him, writes James Snell.

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