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Remembering the Douma chemical attacks 

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Two years ago on this day, a chemical weapons attack was carried out on the people of Douma, south-western Syria, killing around 85 people and injuring hundreds more, as well as provoking airstrikes by the West against the Syrian regime. Controversy remains over who the perpetrators of the attack were, though much of the evidence points to the Assad regime.

What: Chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians

When: 7 April 2018

Where: Douma, Rif Dimashq Governorate, Syria

Over the period of the ongoing nine-year-long Syrian civil war, the country’s territory has shifted significantly between the competing sides, going from under the full brutal control of President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime to Syrian opposition groups controlling much of the territory following the mass defections from the regime forces to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Then came the emergence of other varying opposition factions – both moderate and extremis – along with the Kurdish militias in the north and north-east and the rise and fall of Daesh.

The past few years, however, saw the rollback of the now-cluttered Syrian revolution as the regime – with its military alliance with Russia and Iran – recaptured much of its former territory, leading to opposition groups facing defeat or being forced to retreat. In March 2018, after much of the opposition forces in the south-west were evacuated to the north of the country, the Syrian regime army surrounded the area of Douma which the Jaysh Al-Islam group was still governing. Negotiations between........

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