This year's Nobel Peace Prize as been awarded to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Formed back in 1997, the group enforces a world treaty banning the use of chemical arsenals.
Syrian forces used chemical weapons at least 27 times over the course of the civil war, UN investigators have found. The UN report also decries the US for failing to protect civilians in its attacks on Islamist forces.
The nerve agent sarin was used in an April attack on a Syrian town that killed dozens, the international chemical weapons watchdog OPCW has confirmed. But it did not say who was to blame.
Syria began its descent into civil war in early 2011, when government security forces shot and killed protesters. But if President Bashar al-Assad thought a show of force would end the protests, he was wrong.
Investigators from the OPCW chemical weapons agency have been sent to the site of the Syrian air attack to interview survivors and gather samples. More accusations have been leveled during a special OPCW meeting.
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