As Iraqi forces close in on Mosul, the possibility of chemical weapons use looms large.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is a chemical weapons adviser to NGOs working in Syria and Iraq. He is a former commanding officer of the UK Chemical, Biolog... ical, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Regiment and NATO's Rapid Reaction CBRN Battalion.
UNSC and international community must to be bold in the face of increasing use of chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq.
Chemical weapons are the ultimate psychological weapon for those who are willing to use them.
Russian plane crash and the US Special Forces’ deployment in northern Syria should make safe havens possible.
The solution is not opening up Europe’s borders; it’s defeating ISIL and removing Assad from power.
Without collective international action, peace in Syria could still be a long way off.
Focus of the NPT should now be on preventing improvised nuclear devices from falling into the hands of terrorist groups.
Supporting the Kurds and Free Syrian Army on the ground is essential to win against ISIL.
Global opposition can counter ISIL’s psychological campaign by taking away its mythos of fear.
Vigilance and effective mitigation strategies can provide resilience to ISIL’s threats to the capitals of the world.