October 16, 2020

MERIA Special Report: Did ISIS Use Chemical Weapons Against the Kurds in Kobani?


*** WARNING:  This post contains images which some readers may find disturbing.  Caution is advised.  Please scroll down to view these images. The fate of Kobani city now hangs in the balance, as around 9000 fighters of the Islamic State organization close in on the Kurdish held area.  The current IS assault on the Kobani enclave was not the first attempt by the jihadis to destroy the Kurdish-controlled area.  The Kobani enclave, most of which is now in the hands of the IS, at one … [Read more...]

Chemical Weapons Mission in Syria Unlikely to Succeed


PJmedia, 16/10 The first reports emerging from the effort to relieve the Assad regime of its chemical weapons capacity suggest that the regime is cooperating with the inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). The latter organization has been tasked by the United Nations with overseeing the process of destroying Assad’s CW capability. The process is set to involve two distinct stages. In the first and more straightforward phase, Syria’s ability to … [Read more...]

So You’re Going to Attack Israel with Chemical Weapons?

Golan ceasefire line crossing, 2012.

Why might Syria or Iran attack Israel? Obviously that is impossible to predict, but here is an indication. The traditional pattern has been that Israel is attacked when the perpetrator wants to mobilize international Arab support. The idea is that Arabs, no matter what their citizenship, would cheer the assault. Indeed, even Persians, Turks, and others would do so. And hence lies international political profit. This was originally illustrated by Gamal Abdel Nasser's  Egypt in the 1950s and … [Read more...]

Chemical Assad

Syrian President Bashar al-Asad

The place of WMD in the dictator’s war strategy, Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2013. As U.S. and Western forces prepare for what looks like imminent action in Syria, the debate over the chemical strike in Damascus continues. Why, opponents of intervention argue, would Assad have carried out a strike of this kind when he was anyway making headway in his war against the rebels? And why might he have done so at a time when UN chemical weapons inspectors were in the country? But whatever the … [Read more...]