Associated Press/Photo by Hassan Ammar

Chemical weapons team arrives in Douma

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/17/18, 11:12 am

International inspectors on Tuesday arrived in the Syrian town of Douma where first responders and residents reported a chemical attack earlier this month. The team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons had waited in the Syrian capital since Saturday for permission from Syrian and Russian authorities to enter Douma. Syrian activists accused government troops of staging the April 7 chemical attack that killed at least 40 people.

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Associated Press/SANA

Syrians rally against U.S.-led strike

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/16/18, 11:10 am

Hundreds of Syrians on Monday gathered in the central Omayyad Square in Damascus to show support for the country’s armed forces after the United States and its Western allies targeted Syria with retaliatory airstrikes over the weekend. The United States, Britain, and France, struck sites linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program after reports of a chemical attack April 7 in the Syrian town of Douma. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his chief ally, Russia, both denied the chemical attack took place.

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Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP

The paralysis on Syria

Syria | Warning: Local war crimes don’t stay local
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/12/18, 03:55 pm

The latest grim scenes from Syria come in a grim month. April marks the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, the ethnic and religious cleansing by the Ottoman Turks beginning in 1915. It saw the killing of 1.5 million Armenians and 250,000 Assyrian Christians, forever changing the complexion of Turkey and neighbors Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Long-timers contend, rightly, Islamic extremism gained ground in that soil as religious and ideological diversity nearly was obliterated.

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