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