US intelligence agency CIA bought and destroyed deadly chemical weapons from a secretive Iraqi seller in 2005 and 2006 to ensure that such arms do not fall into the hands of terrorists, according to a media report.
The US is about to begin destroying its largest remaining stockpile of chemical-laden artillery shells, marking a milestone in the global campaign to eradicate a debilitating weapon that still creeps into modern wars.
Recent pictures of Kurdish fighters` bodies seem to suggest that Islamic State (IS) fighters used chemical weapons in the Syrian town of Kobani which is under a serious threat of falling under IS control.
The fact-finding mission of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) claimed Wednesday that it has found compelling evidence that a toxic chemical was used "systematically and repeatedly" as a weapon in villages in northern Syria earlier this year.
A specially equipped US ship has finished neutralising all 600 metric tons of the most dangerous of Syria`s chemical weapons components surrendered to the international community this year to avert threatened air strikes, the Pentagon said on Monday.
Iraq`s government has lost control of a former chemical weapons facility to "armed terrorist groups" and is unable to fulfill its international obligations to destroy toxins kept there, the country`s UN envoy told the United Nations.
The head of the international effort to rid Syria of its chemical weapons has said the next step is investigating possible discrepancies in Syria`s declaration of its stockpile, as well as the destruction of its production facilities.
Describing Syria`s handover of its chemical weapons to global monitors as an "important milestone", the US has said it sends out a clear message that their use will not be tolerated by the international community.
Syria has handed over the remaining 100 tonnes of toxic material it declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, clearing the way for destruction of the stockpile at sea, sources told Reuters on Monday.
Sunni radicals in Iraq, who have overrun a swathe of territory north of Baghdad in a lightning offensive, have taken control of one of Saddam Hussein`s former chemical weapons factories, a US official said Thursday.