India Joins Australia Group
States-parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) at their annual meeting late last year welcomed progress on stockpile destruction in several states that possess chemical weapons, but continued to argue over chemical weapons use in Syria and express concern over emerging chemical threats.
Russian Vetoes End Syria CW Probe
Moscow had world’s largest chemical-weapons arsenal.
Panel Cites Syrian Regime in Sarin Attack
Iraqi forces retook the University of Mosul, where the Islamic State group reportedly produced chemical weapons.
The UN Security Council remained deadlocked last month over sanctioning the Syrian regime due to objections from Russia.
The latest report by a UN Security Council panel found that the Syrian regime is responsible for a third attack involving chlorine gas, a finding largely overshadowed by the humanitarian crisis in Aleppo.
Assad’s industrial chlorine barrel bomb attacks require a strong and unified international response from the UN Security Council and the OPCW.