Blog archive: Syria

  • 14th December 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Following their investigation of the Sarin attacks that killed hundreds near Damascus on August 21, the UN inspectors have continued to look into other alleged cases of chemical weapons being used in the Syrian conflict. Their latest report, issued this week, confirms that people in Syria have...
  • 11th December 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    My blog post yesterday about re-ignited debate over the chemical attacks in Syria last August has brought a surprising response from some regular critics of the mainstream media. On one side of the chemical weapons debate is Seymour Hersh, the veteran investigative journalist, who suggested in...
  • 10th December 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In the blue corner, Seymour Hersh, one of America's most famous and highly paid investigative reporters. In the red corner, Eliot Higgins, who sits at home in an English provincial town trawling the internet and tweets and blogs about his findings under the screen name Brown Moses. On...
  • 12th October 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons got under way this week. In a letter to the Security Council, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon reported: "Under the supervision of OPCW experts, supported by the United Nations, the Syrian Arab Republic began to destroy its...
  • 2nd October 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There's yet another twist in the story of Yahya Ababneh, the mystery journalist who reported claims that Saudi Arabia supplied chemical weapons to Syrian rebels. After more than a month's silence since the claims were published on an American "advocacy journalism" website, Ababneh has now...
  • 28th September 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    For the first time since the Syrian conflict erupted, a political solution under UN auspices is beginning to look like a real possibility. There's still a long way to go, of course, but the Security Council's unanimous adoption of a binding resolution on dismantling Syria's chemical...
  • 26th September 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    In the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov continues to claim that Syrian rebels were responsible for the chemical attacks in Damascus on August 21. Lavrov "recently presented his US counterpart John Kerry with the latest compilation of evidence...
  • 25th September 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    I have spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks looking into the story that Saudi Arabia provided rebel fighters in Syria with chemical weapons. More specifically, I have been looking at the story of how it became a story – along with the questions this raises about the boundaries between...
  • 22nd September 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    New questions have arisen about Yahya Ababneh, the alleged author of an article claiming that the chemical deaths in Damascus last month were caused by rebel fighters mishandling weapons supplied by Saudi Arabia.  The story, originally published by an American website, Mint Press...
  • 21st September 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The story behind the story about Saudi Arabia supposedly providing Syrian rebels with chemical weapons gets weirder and weirder, though perhaps also a little clearer. For readers who haven't been following the tale, I'll start with a quick catch-up. Last month an American website, Mint Press...
  • 21st September 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The mystery surrounding an internet article cited by Russia to cast doubt on the findings of UN weapons inspectors in Syria took a new twist yesterday when one of the alleged authors denied having written the article. The article, headed "Syrians in Ghouta claim Saudi-supplied rebels behind...
  • 18th September 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Among those who blame Syrian rebels for the chemical attacks near Damascus on August 21, the most-circulated story during the last couple of weeks has been one headed: "Syrians in Ghouta claim Saudi-supplied rebels behind chemical attack". Originally published with an "exclusive" tag by Mint...

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