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# Chemical Weapons

This year
US military destroys last of decades-old stockpiles of chemical weapons
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons called the milestone a “historic success” of disarmament.
German police arrest Iranian man in chemical terror attack plot
German security services were tipped off to the suspect by the American FBI.
Last year
Doctor who claims Turkey is using chemical weapons remains in jail
A militia claimed 17 of its fighters had died in Turkish chemical weapons attacks in northern Iraq.
Explainer: How could it be determined that Russia used chemical weapons in Ukraine?
There are unconfirmed reports that chemical weapons were used in the city of Mariupol.
Biden says Putin considering using chemical and biological weapons in Ukraine
Biden said Putin’s “back is against the wall”.
Ukraine rejects chemical weapons claims as Biden pledges to avoid a third world war
Russia has accused the United States of funding research into the development of biological weapons in Ukraine.
All time
Netherlands expels 'Russian agents' after foiling cyber attack on chemical weapons watchdog
Dutch and British intelligence trailed the men and found equipment to intercept the watchdog’s wifi.
Defence Forces conduct exercise to help prepare for 'dirty bomb' attacks
This EU-funded project uses robots and unmanned aerial vehicles to help minimise the risk to operators while collecting physical evidence.
Putin says further Syria strikes from Western powers would spark 'chaos'
Meanwhile, a Russian resolution calling for condemnation of the US, British, and French missile strikes on Syria has failed at the UN Security Council.
Trump to decide on response to Syrian chemical attack 'probably by the end of today'
“Everybody’s gonna pay a price.”
France is in no doubt who it blames for deadly sarin gas attack
It says the chemical fingerprint was developed in Syrian laboratories.
Syrian president claims chemical attack was faked by US
‘We don’t know whether those dead children were killed there … Were they dead at all?’
Spicer apologises over 'insensitive' Hitler remarks amid calls for him to be fired
“I mistakenly used an inappropriate and insensitive comment about the Holocaust and there is no comparison.”
Sean Spicer just said even Hitler 'didn't sink to using chemical weapons'
The White House Press Secretary is under fire once again for his comments.
'It crossed a lot of lines for me': Trump says he's changed attitude on Syria following alleged chemical attack
The air strike in Idlib province drew widespread condemnation.
US points finger at Assad after suspected chemical attack kills dozens in Syria
At least 58 people died in the attack.
Suspected chemical weapons attack on Iraqi city slammed as 'horrible'
“There is never justification — none whatsoever — for the use of chemical weapons.”
'It will not be tolerated': Syrian army blamed for third chemical weapons attack on own people
Investigators say the substance may have been chlorine gas, based on the symptoms the victims displayed.
The US is going to start destroying about 780,000 chemical-filled artillery shells
A US army plant is about to start destroying the nation’s largest remaining stockpile of mustard agent.
MI6 report may have contained plot from a Nicolas Cage film, Chilcot Report says
1996 Michael Bay thriller The Rock showed chemical weapons being stored in glass containers.
There is "strong evidence" that the Syrian government used chlorine gas in attacks on rebels
Human Rights Watch say that barrel bombs embedded with cylinders of chlorine gas were dropped on three towns.
Two crucified, 60 killed, as chemical weapons watchdog launches fresh probe in Syria
Up to 60 people were killed in attacks on Damascus and Homs yesterday.
Column: 'With a few surviving classmates, I stepped carefully over the dead and dying'
As a 13-year old schoolgirl, Setsuko Thurlow became a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Her harrowing testimony is a continuing reminder of the importance of nuclear disarmament, writes Jamie Walsh.
First shipment of chemical weapons leaves Syria
Syria agreed last year to a US-Russian deal to hand over its chemical weapons.
Syrian 'barrel bombs' kill 76 people including 28 children
The “unprecedented” bombardment came as the UN estimated that the number of Syrian refugees would touch 4.1 million by the end of 2014.
'Clear and convincing evidence' that chemical weapons used in Syria
The United Nations report concluded that there have been at least five deadly attacks.
Israeli warplanes carry out Syrian airstrike
The attack targeted the delivery of Russian missiles with Israel worried repeatedly declaring it would intervene to stop Hezbollah receiving “game-changing” weapons.
Column: Making chemical weapons a defining issue in Syria sends entirely the wrong message
If the international community is serious about helping the people of Syria, it should set about creating the conditions for a massive humanitarian intervention, which of course would mean concentrating everything that is killing people.
Syria has destroyed all of its chemical weapons equipment: watchdog
Syria had been given a deadline of tomorrow to get rid of all of its production and assembly facilities for chemical weapons.
How chemical weapons inspectors learn to do their jobs
A new batch of chemical weapons inspectors are learning how to tell if an attack has taken place or not.
Syria hands over detailed plan to destroy chemical weapons on time
Damascus was required to submit the destruction plan under a US-Russian deal agreed last month.
'A credit to the Assad regime': US welcomes Syria's chemical weapons disposal
Syria’s quick compliance with the destroying of chemical weapons stockpile has earned praise from US Secretary of State John Kerry.
Process of destroying Syria's chemical weapons now under way
The team charged with the destruction of the weapons began the process this morning, a source in the international mission has said.
Explainer: What are Irish troops doing in Syria?
115 Irish Defence Forces personnel have now arrived at their new base. Why were they sent there? How long is the mission? How will they spend their downtime? Your questions, answered.
Syria: Inspectors prepare to destroy chemical weapons
UN chemical weapons experts leave country as separate disarmament group moves in to take next step against banned arsenal.
Gilmore to meet UN Secretary General for Syria talks
The Tánaiste will also address the United Nations General Assembly later today.
Ireland to give €200k towards destroying chemical weapons in Syria
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore said it reflects Ireland’s “long-standing opposition to the use of weapons of mass destruction”.
Syria meets watchdog deadlines
Inspectors are reviewing the latest chemical weapons disclosure by Syrian officials.
Meeting of chemical weapons watchdog on Syria postponed again
Syria has handed over details of its chemical weapons arsenal.