Chemical Weapons Inspectors Collect Samples in Syria in Wake of Gas Attack

  1. Chemical Weapons Inspectors Collect Samples in Syria in Wake of Gas Attack  TIME
  2. Inspectors Enter Syrian Town to Investigate Suspected Chemical Attack  Wall Street Journal
  3. International inspectors enter Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack  Washington Post
  4. Let’s allow chemical weapons inspectors from the OPCW to do their jobs in Syria  The Independent
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Inspectors Examine Site of Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

  1. Inspectors Examine Site of Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria  New York Times
  2. International inspectors enter Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack  Washington Post
  3. Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Douma’s warren of war tunnels revealed  BBC News
  4. Executive Council – OPCW  OPCW
  5. Syria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion – state media  Rappler
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Inspectors Enter Syrian Town to Investigate Suspected Chemical Attack

  1. Inspectors Enter Syrian Town to Investigate Suspected Chemical Attack  Wall Street Journal
  2. International inspectors enter Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack  Washington Post
  3. Inspectors Examine Site of Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria  New York Times
  4. 17:38Fact-Checking the French: Are Russia’s Douma Attack Statements ‘Contradictory’?  Sputnik International
  5. Let’s allow chemical weapons inspectors from the OPCW to do their jobs in Syria  The Independent
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Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

  1. Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site  ABC News
  2. Syria ‘chemical’ attack: Douma’s warren of war tunnels revealed  BBC News
  3. Russia: Chemical weapons experts head to Syrian city  UPI.com
  4. Executive Council – OPCW  OPCW
  5. Syria forces enter Douma, last holdout in rebel bastion – state media  Rappler
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International inspectors enter Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack

  1. International inspectors enter Douma, site of alleged Syrian chemical attack  Washington Post
  2. 105 to 0: Why Syria’s air defenses failed to intercept a single incoming missile  USA TODAY
  3. The Latest: OPCW team visits Douma to probe chemical attack  ABC News
  4. Missile Strikes Are Unlikely to Stop Syria’s Chemical Attacks, Pentagon Says  New York Times
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US inspectors probe deadly Southwest jet engine explosion

  1. US inspectors probe deadly Southwest jet engine explosion  Reuters
  2. ‘She is the bedrock of our family’: Wells Fargo exec died on Southwest flight  USA TODAY
  3. The Southwest Airlines victim was a Wells Fargo executive and mom of two  CNN
  4. Gary Kelly – Flight 1380  YouTube
  5. Southwest Airlines fatal engine accident reminds us to be grateful for the courage of the air crew  Dallas News
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Chemical inspectors enter Syria's Douma amid concerns for probe

Chemical inspectors enter Syria's Douma amid concerns for probeInternational investigators on Tuesday entered a Syrian town hit by an alleged chemical attack, after days of delay and warnings by Western powers that crucial evidence had likely been removed. The suspected gas attack on April 7 on Douma, near Damascus, reportedly left more than 40 people dead and was blamed by Western powers on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In response, the United States, France and Britain conducted unprecedented missile strikes on Syrian military installations, but Paris admitted on Tuesday they were a matter of “honour” that had solved nothing.


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Russia to allow chemical weapons inspectors into Douma amid concerns attack site has been 'tampered with'

Russia to allow chemical weapons inspectors into Douma amid concerns attack site has been 'tampered with'Chemical weapons experts are due to arrive in Douma on Wednesday to probe the alleged poison gas attack, Russian officials said, as the US voiced fears Moscow may already have “tampered with” evidence at the site. Following weekend missile strikes on Syria by the US, France and Britain, Russia traded accusations with Western nations on Monday, dismissing as “a blatant lie” accusations that Moscow was hindering the investigation in Douma. The four nations confronted each other in tense emergency talks at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague as inspectors prepare for a difficult and dangerous mission. Syrian state media early Tuesday said air defence had shot down missiles over the central province of Homs, with the strikes reportedly targeting regime air bases. It was not known who carried out the attack, with Pentagon spokeswoman Heather Babb saying: “There are no US or coalition operations in that area.” Israel’s military declined to comment, as is its custom. Initial reports indicated that the incident may have been a false alarm and that Syrian forces may have opened fire by mistake. Syrian authorities distribute bread, vegetables and pasta to Douma residents more than a week after the attack Credit:  Hassan Ammar/ AP The developments came as UK parliament geared up for its second debate on the West’s missile strikes on chemical weapons facilities at the weekend. Ahead of an emergency debate called by Jeremy Corbyn has insisted on parliamentary approval for intervention, Lord Hague told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday morning that the Government had “quite possibly made a mistakeâ€� by recalling MPs to vote on action in Syria after the chemical attack in 2013. He said: “I don’t subscribe to the idea that any military action makes things worse. There have been many military actions and wars that have made it worse. “But I do strongly believe that if in 2013 Parliament had given us the permission to launch limited strikes … I do strongly believe that there would have been less Russian adventurism, less foreign intervention and fewer attacks by chemical weapons in the years since then.â€� The weekend missile strikes by the US, Britain and France were in response to an alleged chlorine and sarin gas attack in Douma on April 7 in which 40 people were said to have been killed. OPCW director general Ahmet Uzumcu said his nine-strong, all-volunteer team had reached Damascus, but so far “the team has not yet deployed to Douma”. Syrian and Russian officials had warned of “pending security issues to be worked out before any deployment could take place,” Uzumcu said. Igor Kirillov, head of Russia’s radiological, biological and chemical protection unit, told reporters the roads still had to be de-mined and cleared and would be tested by UN security services on Tuesday. “On Wednesday is when we plan the arrival of the OPCW experts,” he added at a press conference in the Russian embassy in The Hague. Pro Assad supporters were among an anti-war demonstration outside parliament in London on Monday Credit: TOLGA AKMEN/ AFP The US ambassador to the OPCW, Ken Ward, claimed however the Russians had already visited the site and “may have tampered with it with the intent of thwarting the efforts of the OPCW fact-finding mission”. The Kremlin dismissed the claims. “I can guarantee that Russia has not tampered with the site,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the BBC. And the Russian ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, said it was a “blatant lie” that Moscow was hampering the investigation. Instead he said it was the United States, France and Britain who were “standing in the way” of the investigation by ordering air strikes “in the blink of an eye” before the OPCW team had had a chance to do their work. The missiles that US, French and British warships fired on suspected chemical facilities Saturday constituted the biggest Western attack against the regime in the seven-year war to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The targeted sites were largely empty, and were all said to be facilities for chemical weapons storage or production. British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron faced anger Monday from their lawmakers for conducting the air strikes with the United States. Despite polls showing scant support for the move, May said it had been her “responsibility as prime minister to make these decisions,” while Macron also defended his move as part of his constitutional powers. France urged OPCW nations to boost the organisation’s work so it can completely dismantle Syria’s “secret” toxic weapons programme. And the United States called for a clear condemnation by the OPCW of “the Syrian government for its reign of chemical terror”. A boy sits on a chair along a damaged street in Douma, which was allegedly hit with a chlorine attack Credit: ALI HASHISHO/REUTERS The trio of Western powers that carried out the strikes warned they would repeat the operation if Damascus used chemical weapons again. Regime forces have now entered Douma and declared the entire Eastern Ghouta region around it fully retaken, ending a five-year siege and reclaiming an opposition bastion on the edge of the capital. Even though the OPCW team was not allowed in, the Syrian authorities organised a tour of the town for some foreign press. It included a visit to the main hospital to which the victims of the alleged chemical attack where taken. Medical student Marwan Jaber said no chemical weapons were used on April 7. “Suffocation cases arrived as a result of the debris, dust, fire and smoke. They were given routine treatment”, he said. But “strangers entered as we were in a state of chaos and spread a rumour among people there had been a chemical attack, and people became alarmed”. Damascus and Moscow have vehemently denied that any chemical weapons were used in Douma and alleged instead that grim videos showing civilians foaming at the mouth after the attack were staged. Russian ambassador Shulgin repeated the accusations telling reporters in The Hague that Douma residents had not been able to produce “a single body”.


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News Daily: Syria inspectors allowed in and MPs debate air strikes again

  1. News Daily: Syria inspectors allowed in and MPs debate air strikes again  BBC News
  2. Sterling heads towards highest since Brexit vote with seasonal bounce  Reuters
  3. UK Labour Lords Expect to Defeat May Over Customs Union  Bloomberg
  4. Why UK’s ‘Prevent’ programme doesn’t work  Aljazeera.com
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