Friday 18 August 2017

Anthony Deutsch: Syria chemical evidence fades as UN team under fire

AS UN weapons inspectors came under fire in Syria today, the evidence of an apparent large-scale chemical weapons attack they are seeking is already fading from the scene.

The longer it takes the 20 experts to get to the spot where rockets carrying nerve agents are said to have killed hundreds of people on Aug. 21, the harder it will be for the mission led by Swedish scientist Ake Sellstrom to find meaningful remnants of chemical weapons.

With Western powers considering military strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad if they conclude he used gas-laden rockets in an escalation of the country's two-and-half-year civil war, reliable evidence will be key to their deliberations.

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