By Tim Hayward
April 8, 2018
Allegations of a chemical attack in Douma by Syria on 7 April were met by threats from President Trump to attack Syria. These were followed by Israeli missile strikes on an airfield in Homs early on 9 April.
Given the pace of events and their significance for potential escalation in tensions between the Western powers and Russia, it is helpful to have timely information about questions that are under investigation by independent researchers.
This post will be updated as and when insightful contributions are published, including as work in progress. Comments are open to allow for readers’ further recommendations and observations.
Tim Hayward updates this post on his blog on an almost daily basis so do go there after you’ve read these posts
In the media
Former First Sea Lord of the Royal Navy, Lord Alan West, articulates deep scepticism about allegations (13 April) – see interview from minute 06:40
Testimony from on the ground in Douma
Two men working in hospital ER, seen in the “chemical attack” video, testify that there were no chemical attack victims but that a panic was caused by a man with camera who came in and said it was a chemical attack (13 April)
Current work in progress
On anomalies concerning position and condition of the chlorine cylinder Michael Kobs (twitter thread)
‘Syria – Manipulated Videos Fail to Launch World War III’ Moon of Alabama (13 April)
Research on previous chemical incidents in Syria:
Updated assessment of Khan Sheikhoun incident Paul McKeigue
Analysis of video footage from Khan Sheikhoun incident @qoppa999 (twitter thread)
Research on 2013 Kafr Batna incident ACLOS collective
Selected interviews about wider context of the current crisis
Jeffrey Sachs (12 April)
Maria Zacharova (12 April)