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Trump Adviser Threatens Syria With 'Much Stronger' Military Assault If It Uses Chemical Weapons

Trump Adviser Threatens Syria With 'Much Stronger' Military Assault If It Uses Chemical WeaponsIf Syria uses chemical weapons again, National Security Adviser John Bolton promised the U.S. would deliver a counterattack.



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'Lots of Evidence' That Syria Is Preparing Chemical Weapons in Idlib, U.S. Advisor Warns

'Lots of Evidence' That Syria Is Preparing Chemical Weapons in Idlib, U.S. Advisor WarnsSpecial advisor Jim Jeffrey said there is "lots of evidence" of chemical weapons



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U.S. has seen evidence of Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: envoy

U.S. has seen evidence of Syria preparing chemical weapons in Idlib: envoy“I am very sure that we have very, very good grounds to be making these warnings,” said Jim Jeffrey, who was named on Aug. 17 as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s special adviser on Syria overseeing talks on a political transition in that country. “Any offensive is to us objectionable as a reckless escalation,” Jeffrey told a few reporters in his first interview on the situation in Syria since his appointment. “There is lots of evidence that chemical weapons are being prepared.” The White House has warned that the United States and its allies would respond “swiftly and vigorously” if government forces used chemical weapons in the widely expected offensive.



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Chemical weapons watchdog confirms UK nerve agent findings

Chemical weapons watchdog confirms UK nerve agent findingsTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The global chemical weapons watchdog on Tuesday confirmed findings by British authorities that the Novichok nerve agent killed one person and sickened another in the English town of Amesbury in June.



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U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with '10,000 terrorists'

U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with '10,000 terrorists'The United Nations called on Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday to forestall a battle in Syria’s Idlib province which would affect millions of civilians and could see both militants and the government potentially using chlorine as a chemical weapon. U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said there was a high concentration of foreign fighters in Idlib, including an estimated 10,000 fighters designated by the U.N. as terrorists, who he said belonged to the al-Nusra Front and al Qaeda.



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Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons factory killed in car bomb attack 

Head of alleged Syrian chemical weapons factory killed in car bomb attack A Syrian rebel group has claimed it killed the director of a government chemical weapons programme research facility in a car bombing. Aziz Asber, director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre, died near the city of Homs when explosives planted in his car went off, pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan reported Sunday.  The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a monitoring group, said the attack took place on Saturday. The Abu Amara Brigades rebel group claimed responsibility in a statement posted on its Telegram channel, saying it it detonated "planted explosive devices" in Mr Asber's vehicle.   The group is an affiliate of Islamist group Tahrir al-Sham, which is itself linked with al-Qaeda. The government denies it possesses chemical weapons, and denies the claims that it killed hundreds of people in rebel-held areas using chemical agents. Al-Watan blamed Israel for Mr Asber's killing. The chemical weapons watchdog said it found no evidence of nerve gas after an April attack on Douma, but chlorine may have been used Credit: AFP PHOTO / SYRIA CIVIL DEFENCE An Israeli official refused to comment on the report, according to Reuters. Israel has carried out air strikes in Syria to block weapons transfers to the Lebanese militant group Hizbollah, which is supporting the Syrian government's campaign against rebels. Western governments claim the research centre was a covert government facility.  It had been targeted by air strikes last year, which the Syrian government said were carried out by Israel.  The US Britain, and France struck another research facility in Damascus in April in response to a gas attack in Douma that killed more than 40 people. It was the second major Western intervention against the regime, following several chemical weapons attack during the civil war, which has been ongoing since 2011. Syria chemical weapons A UN investigation held the government of Bashar al-Assad responsible for a sarin attack on the then rebel bastion Khan Sheikhoun in April 2017, which killed about 100 people. The worst attack, also blamed on the government, was in 2013, when about 1,000 people died in a sarin attack in a rebel-held area in the suburbs of Damascus, the capital. Assad's forces, backed by Russia, Iran, and Hizbollah, have regained most of the rebel-held territories across the country. The fighting in Syria has led to one of the worst modern humanitarian disasters, with more than 10 million people forced to flee their homes. 



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Sen. Tom Udall wants EPA to ban neurotoxic chemical: 'Scott Pruitt doesn't listen to science'

Sen. Tom Udall wants EPA to ban neurotoxic chemical: 'Scott Pruitt doesn't listen to science'Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is calling on the EPA to follow through on its plan to prohibit a toxic pesticide that’s been linked to brain damage in children. One of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first actions in office was to reject his scientists’ conclusion that it put children and farmworkers at risk and strike down a ban his agency had proposed two years earlier.



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Emissions of banned ozone-eating chemical somehow are rising

Emissions of banned ozone-eating chemical somehow are risingWASHINGTON (AP) — Something strange is happening with a now-banned chemical that eats away at Earth's protective ozone layer: Scientists say there's more of it — not less — going into the atmosphere and they don't know where it is coming from.



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As chemical weapons inspectors reach Douma, Syria claims suspected attack was fake

As chemical weapons inspectors reach Douma, Syria claims suspected attack was fakeThe chemical weapons inspectors reached the city of Douma, now under Russian and Syrian control, two weeks after the suspected attack took place.



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Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria site

Chemical weapons inspectors collect samples from Syria siteBEIRUT (AP) — Chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from Syria's Douma on Saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by Western powers on the Syrian government's chemical facilities.



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