Treasury Takes Aim at Staff of Key Syrian Proliferator

On April 24, 2017, the United States sanctioned 271 employees of Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC) in response to the Assad government’s April 4 sarin gas attack in Khan Sheikoun. The designations aim to further punish SSRC itself, rather than the contribution of any single individual. As such, the action highlights SSRC's central role in Syria's non-conventional weapon programs.

Syria Chemical Weapons Update: Front Companies for Procurement – 2013

Syria’s chemical weapon stockpile is reported to be one of the largest in the Middle East. According to a study prepared by French intelligence agencies, Damascus is understood to possess over 1,000 tons of chemical agents and precursors. This stockpile is thought to include several tens of tons of VX, several hundred tons of mustard agents, and several hundred tons of sarin. The Washington Post reports that the majority of the initial substances for Syria’s VX and sarin are stored separately, not in their mixed, final form.

A History of Iran’s Chemical Weapon-Related Efforts

This is a brief history of Iran’s efforts to develop chemical weapons. The emphasis is on Iran’s technical achievements rather than its motives, and the essay relies primarily on statements…

Libya’s Iraq War Timeline

Key events in the lead up to and the aftermath of the Iraq war December 1988: Libyan terrorists bomb PanAm flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. April 1999: U.N. suspends…

We Still Face the Menace of Iraq’s Hidden Horrors

The Los Angeles Times May 22, 2003, p. A13 Saddam Hussein’s regime has been deposed, and the world is slowly losing interest in Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. There are…

The Means to Make the Poisons Came From the West

The New York Times Week in Review April 13, 2003, pp. wk 5 As allied troops interview Iraqi scientists, the chances grow of finding the chemical weaponry that Western governments believe…

A Vile Business

The Wall Street Journal March 24, 2003, p. A16 As our soldiers fight their way across Iraq, the world is wondering what sort of weaponry they will uncover. Outside Saddam’s…