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@UNCoISyria on Twitter, 18 Sep 2017

We have a duty to document the unambiguously illegal use of prohibited #chemicalweapons in violation of #internationallaw #HRC36 #Syria

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24 incident/dates (31 incidents, some lumped).

  • perpetrator: Syrian Government (stated) = 15
  • perpetrator: Syrian Government (implied)= 2 (Ghouta, Khan al-Assal)
  • perpetrator: blank = 7
  • perpetrator: anyone rebel, even ISIS = 0

Paulo Pinheiro: 'We must continue to put Member States on notice regarding the crimes & violations the people of #Syria have endured' #HRC36 (same-day CoI tweet) Non-state actors are not the issue.

About their list:

  • 2012 attacks missing - several others missing - a better but still incomplete list up to early March, 2017 is here (CIWCL PDF)
  • In this even shorter span, and deliberately leaving off ISIS attacks, 138 reported incidents are tallied. 108 are attributed to Syrian forces, 1 to Russia, 27 attributed to opposition forces, and 2 events are clearly contested (with detailed stories, not general claims about "terrorists responsible"). 612 – 1,910 civilians were killed, 84 rebel fighters, at least 128-143 gov fighters. And most importantly, a total of 159 red flags, going towards the emergent picture in which ALL chemical incidents are the work of anti-government "terrorists."
  • All attacks by ISIS, usually with mustard gas and usually against Kurds, are left out here (as noted, left off the bigger list of 138 incidents).
  • Several attacks against Syrian forces are not included. But one (entry 1) is, implicitly blamed on the government.
  • 2015 chlorine attacks including Sarmin are not included. It's unclear if this is an oversight, or reflects some inability to pin them on the government.
  • Dec. 2016 alleged sarin attack by Russian forces near Uqrabiyat, Hama (ISIS-held) is left out. It was said nearly 100 people were killed. (Alleged Chemical Attack, December 12, 2016). Do civilians in ISIS territory not deserve protection? Are ISIS-linked claims not acceptable? If so, how can they draw such a clean line between Islamist claims they accept with no question and Islamist claims they doubt or ignore?

All 24 listed, chronological (their notes and ours, in progress)

  1. 3-19-2013 Khan Al-Assal, Aleppo. "chemical agents used bore same unique hallmarks as in Al-Ghouta" (see #5). So it was sarin, and apparently from Syrian military stocks, they say. ACLOS notes: SAA soldiers apparently targeted at their checkpoint - they and Shia civilians were killed, in this area recently re-taken from the rebels. Opposition eyewitness claims were a Syrian fighter jet, and then a Syrian SCUD missile, had accidentally delivered the unknown chemical. Russian tests showed sarin was used, an improvised sort, fired on a locally built rocket. Death toll: about 20, mostly adult civilians (parents and health workers). Dozens affected. Alleged chemical attack, March 19, 2013
  2. 3-19-2013 Ateibah, Damascus suburbs. "circumstances not specified" ACLOS notes: a regime rocket is blamed, releasing a black fluid with a foul smell. SOme fighters apparently affected, a displaced baby and three men of a likely Christian family (by name) were killed - samples said to test positive for sarin Alleged Chemical Attack in Damascus, March 19, 2013 See also What Happened on March 19, 2013? (abortive reports of a same-day regime CW attack in Homs as well)
  3. 4-13-2013 Sheikh Maqsoud, Aleppo "circumstances not specified" ACLOS notes: In Kurdish-majority district just taken over by Islamists - Al-Nusra hand grenade allegedly dropped from a regime helicopter, 4 women and children reported dead, later 10 men added, including a survivor/witness - samples said to test positive for sarin, but claims are confused Alleged Chemical Attack, April 13, 2013
  4. 4-29-2013 Saraqeb, Idlib "circumstances not specified" ACLOS notes: Al-Nusra hand grenade allegedly dropped from a helicopter, in a glowing cinderblock pouring white smoke, one woman killed, said to test for sarin ... Alleged Chemical Attack, April 29, 2013
  5. 8-21-2013 Al-Ghouta "sarin, well-planned indiscriminate attack targeting residential areas, causing mass casualties, perpetrators likely had access to Syrian military chemical weapons stockpile, and expertise and equipment to manipulate large amounts of chemical agent." ACLOS notes: Alleged Chemical Attack, August 21, 2013
  6. 4-11-2014 "witnesses saw helicopters drop barrel bombs," chlorine smell, realistic chlorine symptoms reported, dozens affected, two killed: a girl and an old man, both "displaced," both killed by head wounds from the chlorine bomb, not the chlorine. ACLOS notes: [[1]]
  7. 4-12/16/18-2014 Kafr Zita, Al-Tamanah: "circumstances same as in Kafr Zita" ACLOS notes: [[2]]
  8. 4-21-2014 Tl Minnis (Talmenes, Idlib) "circumstances same as in Kafr Zita" ACLOS notes: [[3]]
  9. 4-29-2014 Al-Tamana "circumstances same as in Kafr Zita" ACLOS notes: [[4]]
  10. 4-5-2016 "reliable information on use of chlorine gas, injuring 4 pesons, including 2 civilians. perpetrator: blank, so not government forces. ACLOS notes: on April 7 (same incident? our error?) Kurdish fighters were gassed by a rocket containing chlorine gas, with a reported 23 killed and dozens affected. Opposition faction Jaish Al-Islam admitted responsibility. Alleged Chemical Attack, April 7, 2016
  11. 8-1-2016 Saraqeb (we have 8-2) not mentioned: same day attack att. to Al-Zenki - chlorine, and perhaps hydrogen cyanide both used. 13 killed? Alleged Chemical Attack, August 2, 2016
  12. 9-6-2016
  13. 10-1-2016
  14. 12-8-2016
  15. 12-9-2016
  16. 12-10-2016
  17. 1-8-2017 Bseema, chlorine munition, 6+ civilians affected
  18. 1-30 Sultan al-Marj - "improvised chlorine payload" hit near front line, 11 men affected. perpetrator: Syrian Government
  19. 3-25 latamnah cave hospital - chlorine, helicopter (=SG blame), 3 killed, 32+ effected
  20. 3-29 Qaboun, chlorine?, by rockets - 35 effected (33 men, 1w, 2c)
  21. 3-30 Latamnah, chlor? 2 bombs dropped, 85+ eff, inc 12 male farmers, "2 of them minors" 9 medical personnel
  22. 4-4 Alleged Chemical Attack Khan Sheikhoun 4 April 2017
  23. 4-7 Al-Hayat Hospital, Aleppo: 2 men admitted there, claiming milder case of Qaboun symptoms
  24. 7-1/2/6 - chlorine used against Faylaq al-Rahman fighters - between the attacks, 46 suffered effects and none died.

2015 Gap

In the 2015 gap: later 2014 incidents (not likely to cover anyway)

  • 8-29 Jobar,Soldiers gassed, OPCW report, some incapacitated soldiers rep. captured and killed - 2 attacks - sarin suspected, not confirmed
  • 9-1 Nubel and AlZahraa, Alep. OPCW report, Shia villages, 5 civ. casualties, 1 fatal
  • 9-10 Al-Kabbas, D.sub., chlorine? Soldiers gassed, OPCW report


  • Jan. Jobar,D.Sub. Soldiers gassed, OPCW report, app. 20 casualties
  • 1-8 Nubel and Zahraa Alep. chlorine? 0? 0 0? X Soldiers gassed, OPCW report, 17 casualties,
  • 2-15 Daraya, D.sub Soldiers gassed, with sarin, OPCW report, 8 casualties, gassed while pinned under gunfire, watched rats die “screaming”
  • March 16 and on, into May, Idlib: The shady chlorine attacks involving permanganate barrel bombs, and the one involving overdosed babies killed on camera with medical malpractice...
  • 4-6 Jobar, OPCW report, soldiers gassed, 4 casualties
  • 4-25 Ishtabraq, Idlib CHTS Islamists reportedly gassed Alawi village via rockets prior to seizing it. After, they killed and abducted many.
  • 5-29 Harasta,D.Sub. Soldiers gassed, 7 killed, OPCW report, sarin suspected, not confirmed
  • 5-29 Tadhamun, Damascus, Soldiers gassed, 6 killed OPCW report (same)


  • March 9: Sheikh masqoud, Aleppo: attacking rebel forces launch yellow stuff...
  • 7 April, 2016, Sheikh Maqsoud, non-ISIS rebels apparently used a yellow, strange smelling nerve agent, killing 23, remains unexplained …,_April_7,_2016

As the map shows, the UN guys started counting again at the next attack they could blame on Syria, a few weeks after this one, and stayed more on-track from there forward. Strange, that. --Caustic Logic (talk) 09:28, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

The same 2015-2016 gap is reflected in the New York Times piece listing 34 CW attacks confirmed by the CoI through late 2017. Except this starts with the Sheikh Maqsoud attack, scrambled, rather than after it. After "2014 Apr. 29 Tamana, Likely chlorine, Syrian government" Next entry here is:


Apr. 5 (no, April 7, I think)

Sheikh Maqsood, Aleppo

Chlorine (no, too light, wrong color, no reports of that smell)

perpetrator: Unknown (no, probably the besieging Jaish al-Islam who sort-of-admitted it. Was a sort-of-retraction adequate to get off the hook? Only for anti-government Islamist groups guilty of grave human rights abuses?)

Wrong on 3 counts, but included anyway... this attack by "unknown" is considered as a zero by those citing this as showing 34 attacks by Assad, none by rebels like, say, Jaish Al-Islam. Mohamed Idrees Ahmad: "The United Nations Commission of Inquiry has investigated and confirmed at least 34 uses of chemical weapons in Syria before the April attack, and in none of them has it found the opposition responsible."

Outside the gap and skipped:

  • 24 and 25 August, 2013: OPCW confirmed sarin attacks on SAA soldiers (no deaths)
  • April 2014, 70 soldiers killed in CW attack in Daraa province near the Golan border
  • 22 December, 2012: 7 SAA soldiers die within minutes after attacked with yellow gas near Daraya
  • Aug. 2, 2016: Old city, Aleppo: Noureddin Al-Zenki? Tunnel-breach attack on soldiers, follow up rockets, killing rescuers and civilians - 13-20+ killed. No mention.
  • So on with lesser attacks, maybe big ones I'm forgetting... and that's not including all the cases they did consider but got wrong. --Caustic Logic (talk) 15:53, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

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