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Judith Miller: No, I Didn't Start the Iraq War

Former Times reporter sets out to dispel 'false narratives'

(Newser) - If you're familiar with the name Judith Miller , the former New York Times reporter has a pretty good idea why: "I took America to war in Iraq," she writes in the Wall Street Journal . "It was all me." This is Miller's tongue-in-cheek introduction to... More »

CIA Bought Chemical Arms From Secret Iraqi Seller: Report

Agency reportedly studied, destroyed weapons to keep them from militants

(Newser) - Just months after a New York Times exposé in which US troops alleged serious injuries from chemical weapons in Iraq, a new story has emerged about US efforts to acquire these arms—and the secret source from which they were culled. The CIA, with military help, reportedly purchased at least... More »

Chemical Weapons Found in Iraq Were Kept Secret

NYT : Troops who served in Iraq allege serious injuries, incompetence

(Newser) - US troops headed into Iraq more than a decade ago to hunt down weapons of mass destruction, but they found something else instead: massive numbers of chemical weapons, which injured soldiers and prompted a possible Pentagon cover-up, the New York Times reports. In a stunning narrative based on interviews and... More »

White House Watched as Syria Stockpiled Chemicals

Leaked cables document Syria importing ingredients from Europe, US

(Newser) - It may have taken a while to convince President Obama that Assad had used chemical weapons, but it was no revelation that he had them. Leaked US diplomatic cables and declassified intelligence records show the White House had long been tracking the growing chemical arsenal being amassed by the Syrian... More »

Russia Not Buying Syria Strike Evidence

Congress 'split 5 ways' on military action

(Newser) - Russia has seen some of the evidence that the US has gathered on Syria's chemical weapons strike—and calls it "absolutely unconvincing," the AP reports. The country's foreign minister says the evidence is "not specific"—it has "no geographic coordinates, no names, no... More »

Kerry Confirms Sarin; Assad 'Joins List of Hitler, Saddam'

Says 'case is building'

(Newser) - The Syrian regime used sarin gas on its own people, John Kerry confirmed today, saying that blood and hair samples from first responders in Damascus had tested positive for the chemical agent and that the evidence had come to the United States independently, and not via the UN. "Bashar... More »

Plot to Release Poison Gas via Toy Planes Foiled

Five arrested after workshops, toys uncovered in Iraq

(Newser) - Iraqi authorities say they have arrested five men who were manufacturing sarin and mustard gas, which they planned to release via remote-controlled toy planes, reports the BBC . They also planned to smuggle the chemicals into Europe and North America and strike targets there. The men confessed to the plot, and... More »

UN Suspects Syrian Rebels Used Nerve Gas

'Strong suspicions' but no proof yet, top investigator says

(Newser) - Another game-changer? One of the United Nations' chief investigators says evidence is building that sarin gas was used in the Syrian conflict—but by rebels, not Bashar al-Assad's regime. "Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors, and field hospitals" and "there are strong, concrete... More »

Hagel: Syria Likely Used Chemical Weapons

Defense secretary says sarin gas probably used on 'small scale'

(Newser) - Have we crossed the red line? US intelligence has concluded with "some degree of varying confidence" that Bashar al-Assad's regime has used chemical weapons, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters in Abu Dhabi today, per the AP . The determination apparently came within the past day, and the White... More »

Syria's Chemical Weapons Sparked Global Unity

'New York Times' takes a look at international response

(Newser) - The New York Times today takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Syria chemical weapons scare that erupted in early December . Israel first contacted the Pentagon in late November, concerned by satellite images showing Syrian troops likely making sarin gas bombs . That call sparked a rare show of cooperation between countries... More »

Wind Carried Sarin Gas to Gulf War Troops

Controversial paper cites bombing of Iraqi chemical weapons depots

(Newser) - A controversial new paper may shed light on Gulf War syndrome, a collection of symptoms seen in veterans of the 1991 conflict: Chemical weapons could be to blame. The researchers assert that when US troops bombed chemical weapons depots in Iraq, the neurotoxin sarin was sent into the atmosphere then... More »

Report: Syria Preparing Chemical Weapons

Assad orders military to be ready to use sarin, says NBC

(Newser) - Syria's Bashar al-Assad is edging closer to using chemical weapons against his own people, reports NBC News . It quotes US officials as saying that Syria's military has begun loading the necessary components for sarin gas into bombs. The good news is that the bombs have not been loaded... More »

17 Years Later, Japan Nabs Final Gas Attack Fugitive

Doomsday guru's bodyguard arrested in Tokyo after massive manhunt

(Newser) - The final suspect in a doomsday cult's deadly nerve gas attack on Tokyo's subway system has been arrested after 17 years as a fugitive. Katsuya Takahashi, 54, was busted at a comic book cafe in Tokyo after a member of the staff recognized him, reports AP . Takahashi, the... More »

Fugitive of 1995 Tokyo Gas Attack Arrested

Naoko Kikuchi was found living 20 miles west of Tokyo

(Newser) - Seventeen years after a sarin gas attack in Tokyo killed 13 commuters and sickened thousands, one of the two remaining fugitives has been caught, reports the New York Times . Formerly a top member of the religious group Aum Shinrikyo, 40-year-old Naoko Kikuchi is accused of making the sarin gas. Police... More »

Gulf War Syndrome Vets Have Brain Damage: Study

Abnormalities turn up on scans, likely caused by nerve gas

(Newser) - Gulf War Syndrome vets have notable brain abnormalities likely triggered by nerve gas, researchers have discovered. The finding flies in the face of years of Defense Department pronouncements that the syndrome—characterized by pain, lack of concentration and memory loss—is psychological, and linked to combat stress. But vets suffering... More »

Gulf Illness Blamed on Chemicals

Pesticides and nerve agents cause syndrome, says researcher

(Newser) - Exposure to chemicals and pesticides during the first Gulf War is the likely cause of widespread illnesses suffered by its veterans, a new study concludes. Some 250,000 veterans of the conflict—a third of the troops who served— suffer fatigue, muscle and joint pain, memory lapses, intestinal problems, and... More »

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