The Fact-Finding Mission (FFM) of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) issued a final report on Friday, coming to a conclusion that chlorine was used during the April 2018 attack in Syria’s Douma.

“The evaluation and analysis of all the above-referenced information gathered by the FFM provide reasonable grounds that the use of a toxic chemical as a weapon has taken place on 7 April 2018. This toxic chemical contained reactive chlorine. The toxic chemical was likely molecular chlorine,” the OPCW said in a statement.

The FFM’s activities included “on-site visits to collect environmental samples, conduct witness interviews and gather data.”

“The FFM further analyzed a range of inputs including witness testimonies, environmental and biomedical samples analysis results, toxicological and ballistic analyses, and additional digital information from witnesses.”

A number of NGOs, including the White Helmets, alleged that chemical weapons had been used in Douma, Eastern Ghouta, on April 7, 2018.

According to a statement uploaded to that organization’s website on April 8, chlorine bombs had been dropped on the city, which caused dozens of fatalities.

The Russian Foreign Ministry dismissed this as fake news. Representatives of the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria visited the site on April 9, but did not find any signs of chemical weapons use.

On April 14, 2018, the United States, the United Kingdom and France launched missile strikes on Syria’s military and civilian infrastructure facilities without the UN Security Council’s authorization.

The strikes targeted a scientific and research center in Damascus, the Republican Guard’s headquarters, an air defense base, several airfields and army depots.

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According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Syrian air defenses managed to shoot down 71 out of 103 missiles. Washington, London and Paris claimed the strikes were a response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma on April 7.

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The analysis six months after they said that they had no sure answer!
Poor OIAC !!!

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@Françoise LAGATHU, while doing it later tells us how accurate the methods are.

But from reading our common history we know that the attacker had to use huge amounts to weaponize chlorine in WW I.

AFAIR more than 8 tons per hectare. The OIAC did not find that.

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Poor rebels and fighters for democracy in European prisons will be safe. They continued to spread Wahhabism among prisoners. Baghdadi was set up by ISIS in jail in Iraq.

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Primers to do chlorine were found in militants storages in Douma.
I doubt that any fatality happened due to chlorine : unless you’re trapped in a cave or there is gigantic concentration due to number of tanker-trucks filled with…

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So militants used chlorine, it’s as simple as this : it has no interest for a state to use this : there more interesting incapacitating gasses available for anti-riot police use, e.g. “CS”, …/…

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…/… and if a state is into using CW, stuff like Sarin, Tabun, VX and other nerve-agents are much more “interesting”, while chorine’s only interest is being a DIY-friendly CW.

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Any idiot can easily “cook” chlorine with commonly available chemical products.

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@Daeshbags-Sux, right and it is a readily available chemical precursor.

As an ex soldier You studied some history and know that massive amounts are needed to weaponize it. If I remember right – 8 or more tons per hectare in an area with trenches. They only found a bottle or two in the vicinity of the so called attacks.

It sinks into depressions. How much use in a city?

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Europe has always been on the Wahabi side. But now they are already so obvious that Europe will become a caliphate because of the European support for jihad.

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Poor ISIS and Al Qaeda, I hope Trump really drops them to Europe. In European prisons will be safe ISIS from the Assad army.

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Will Donald Trump really protect ISIS? Will Donald Trump really bring veterans of resistance to Assad to Europe?

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We have to accept Wahhabi in Europe. Trump said that the Wahhabis are Europeans.