UN Security Council in Emergency Meeting over Alleged Chemical Weapon Attack Near Damascus

August 21, 2013 – The UN Security Council are meeting in an emergency session 3pm ET Wednesday over allegations that chemical weapons have been used in an attack near Damascus early this morning local time. 

The reports of a chemical weapons attack come as UN inspectors probing the use of such weapons begin their first week of work in Syria. 

The inspectors are mandated to investigate whether chemical weapons have been used, not who may have used them. But if they confirm that proscribed chemical weapons have been used in a targeted and large-scale attack, as the opposition are reporting, suspicion will immediately fall on Assad forces who are known to have these weapons and the means to deliver them.

– Denis Fitzgerald