#Syria’s improvised chemical rockets – an annotated infographic

Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are due to start work in Douma, outside the Syrian capital, Damascus. The alleged chemical attack on April 7 2018 is the sixth chemical attack in Douma in 2018. Munitions recovered from previous attacks show they are modified Iranian 107mm rockets. In addition to collecting samples, OPCW inspectors will be looking for other clues to confirm the alleged use of banned toxins in the attack on April 7. Analysis of the samples will take place at the OPCW’s central laboratory in the Netherlands. The evidence is split and sent … Continue reading #Syria’s improvised chemical rockets – an annotated infographic

Chemical weapons used in #Syria – an annotated graphic

Well, this is depressing: an infographic about how Sarin – the chemical nerve agent most likely used in the recent Syrian atrocity – affects the human body. We put it out there in the interests of enlightenment as to the severity of the use of chemical weapons, the repugnant humanitarian transgression such an action represents. For a more technological take on how the conflict in Syria has been taken online, you might like to read E&T‘s news reports on how both sides have waged a war of disinformation in cyberspace, the hacking of BBC Twitter accounts and the recent hack … Continue reading Chemical weapons used in #Syria – an annotated graphic

Syria crisis over chemical weapons – an annotated graphic

With the UK now joining the US in voicing concern to Syria over the possible use of chemical weapons, now seems an opportune moment to share this graphic about Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal. The list of weapons makes for particularly unpleasant reading. The Syrian government has warned that it may use them in the event of foreign intervention, as the fierce fighting continues in the cities of Aleppo and Damascus. Click on the graphic for an expanded view. Continue reading Syria crisis over chemical weapons – an annotated graphic