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The Ghosts of Iraq


On a morning in late April 2013, Peter Gelling, the Middle East and Africa editor at GlobalPost, arrived at his office on the Boston waterfront to find a story filed by one of his reporters, Tracey Shelton. She was one of the few international reporters then working inside Syria. She had just been to Sheik Maqsoud, a neighborhood on the northern edge of Aleppo. Her emailed file reported that the area had been struck by chemical weapons, possibly sarin gas, two weeks earlier.

Gelling scrolled through interviews Shelton had conducted with eyewitnesses and fighters on both sides of the Syrian civil war. He reviewed cell phone images of spent canisters and damaged homes. There were no pictures of victims, but the interviews from Shelton offered a hideous account of symptoms and suffering. Read more


Looking at Chemical Weapons Coverage in Syria

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Citizen Media Timeline

Social media played a significant role in the immediate aftermath of the August 21, 2013 attack in which rockets containing the chemical agent sarin were launched into the Damascus suburb of Ghouta.

The Shape of Conflict: Data Mining Syrian News Coverage

The Syrian conflict has been called the first YouTube war – a tragedy recorded in thousands of videos accessible to most anyone with an Internet connection.

Out of Syria: How two French journalists chased down the chemical weapons story

Two French journalists went to Damascus looking for a war story. They left with powerful evidence that shaped their country’s policy – but would it be enough to convince the rest of the world?
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Chlorine’s Untold Story: What Makes a Chemical Weapon?

The use of chemical weapons in Syria has sparked international outrage, but chlorine’s role in the war hasn’t been fully explored. Why are some deadly substances internationally banned, while others are not?
U.N. chemical weapons experts visit one of the sites of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Damascus' suburbs of Zamalka

Mission: Syria

Dr. Maurizio Barbeschi of the U.N. Mission to Investigate Chemical Weapons in Syria speaks to Hao Cheng.
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Verifying Citizen Reporting

The complexities of verification in Syria.