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In 2018, the Department of Homeland Security set up its Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. This office merged several DHS offices and efforts with the goal of improving the department’s coordination of federal and state-level preparation to counter WMD threats. In a recent WatchBlog post, the Government Accountability Office looked at its new report on what efforts CWMD uses to combat weapons […]
Originally published by TASS MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. Militants are plotting to stage a chemical attack against civilian population in Syria’s Idlib de-escalation zone as a provocation against government forces, Alexander Karpov, a deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation of Opposing Parties in Syria, told a briefing on Monday. “The Russian Center for […]
Originally published by Newsweek Iran’s defense minister has responded to the suggestion of military action from Israel by threatening to “raze” the cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa, as regional tensions remain high amid U.S. President Joe Biden’s efforts to revive the Iran nuclear deal. Israel remains staunchly opposed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of […]
Originally published by Defense News WASHINGTON ― Two Democratic lawmakers are introducing legislation to kill the nuclear-armed, sea-launched cruise missile set to begin development next year and its associated warhead. Maryland Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a lead appropriator, and House Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Joe Courtney, of Connecticut, planned Thursday to unveil the bill, a copy […]
Originally published by Homeland Security Today The United States joins the European Union in condemning and responding to the Russian Federation’s use of a chemical weapon in the attempted assassination of Russian opposition figure Aleksey Navalny in August 2020 and his subsequent imprisonment in January 2021. We share the EU’s concerns regarding Russia’s deepening authoritarianism […]
Originally published by AJOT The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is adding 14 entities located in Russia, Germany, and Switzerland to the Entity List based on their proliferation activities in support of Russia’s weapons of mass destruction programs and chemical weapons activities. This action supplements the addition of five Russian Government […]
Originally published by The New York Times PARIS — Chemical munitions experts have for years compiled information that Syria’s government has used these banned weapons against its own people, a war crime that so far has gone unpunished and been dismissed with a sneer by President Bashar al-Assad. Now the first criminal inquiries that target […]
Originally published by U.S. Embassy in Georgia CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS ACT SANCTIONS Today, the Secretary of State determined that the Government of the Russian Federation has used a chemical weapon against its own nationals, in violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention. As a result, the following sanctions will be imposed (full or partial waivers […]