Jerry Smith's BBC Article : The challenge of assessing Syria's chemical weapons
Jerry Smith’s BBC Article : The challenge of assessing Syria’s chemical weapons
June 5, 2015
For the past year, since the last declared material left the country, there have been reports that chemicals such as chlorine and ammonia continue to be used for attacks in Syria.
In April this year, members of the UN Security Council witnessed video and heard first-hand reports of one such attack, involving chlorine. There has also been an increasing number of statements expressing concern with the veracity of Syria’s initial chemical weapons declaration. In early May, a leaked report acquired by Reuters indicated that evidence of chemical weapons material was found at an undeclared site.
So is the Syria declaration complete? Are chemical weapons still being used in Syria? And why is it so difficult to monitor what weapons they still have?