On April 4th reports came out of the city of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib, Syria that an airstrike conducted by the Russian-backed Syrian Army was suspected of being a chemical weapons attack which released what is believed to be a nerve agent chemical weapon known as Sarin (GB2) resulting in up to 200 civilians caught in the crossfire being injured or killed. A day later both Syria and Russia vehemently denied they dropped chemical weapons, blaming the resulting chemical incident on the opposition forces themselves saying that they struck a terrorist warehouse that was storing chemical weapons for use in Syria and export into northern Iraq. This explanation provided by Syria and Russia now has many chemical weapons experts and chemists crying foul. Even the senior fellow at the U.S.-based Middle East Institute who has been pushing for U.S.-led meddling in the protracted and complicated Syrian Civil War, Charles Lister, made this statement “First of all, nobody in their right mind would ever store both components of a binary nerve agent in the same building. And secondly, even if they were stored together and then targeted, blowing them up would not result in any active nerve agent — it’s chemically impossible.”
The greatest disservice any nation can do to itself, is to underestimate its enemies. With that being stated, I am not a chemist, I hold no degree in chemistry, and only grasp the basics of this sorcery. This report will attempt to provide the lay man with a sort of guide to this weaponized science.
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