Disinfo: OPCW confirmed that Syria’s chemical arsenal was completely destroyed under international supervision

Summary

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has confirmed that Syria’s chemical arsenal was completely destroyed under international supervision.

Disproof

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has stated that they can only attest to the destruction of the stockpiles of chemical weapons and precursors that were declared by the Syrian government. www.opcw.org/news/article/destruction-of-syrian-chemical-weapons-completed/, , euvsdisinfo.eu/the-show-must-go-on/,
There have been several questions whether Syria declared everything it possessed. Further debunking: www.polygraph.info/a/russia-syria-chemical-weapons-opcw/28694236.html, . We have reported about this before euvsdisinfo.eu/the-show-must-go-on/, .

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 78
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 22/08/2017
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Syria
  • Keywords: Chemical weapons/attack

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Disproof

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