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Western efforts to frustrate Douma 'attack' whistleblower only underline importance of his UN testimony

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At an ‘Arria-formula’ meeting of the Security Council convened on January 20, 2020 at the request of Russia, Ian Henderson – a former member of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) – gave testimony which contradicted, or otherwise brought into question, the conclusions of the OPCW detailed in its official report on the use of chemical weapons in the Damascus suburb of Douma on April 4, 2018.

The details provided by Henderson were technical in nature, addressing various scientific and bureaucratic shortcomings within the OPCW regarding the collection, assessment and presentation of information relating to the Douma incident.

Henderson noted that he and his fellow inspectors “had serious misgivings that a chemical attack had occurred” at Douma, but that these concerns were overridden by OPCW management amid pressure from the US and UK to sustain the original allegations.

Henderson’s presentation was fiercely opposed by representatives of both the United Kingdom and the United States. An examination of the relevant details regarding the Douma incident and Henderson’s findings clearly shows the reason for this recalcitrance — both nations had attacked Syria, in violation of international law, on the premise that there had been a chemical weapons attack on Douma. They then sought to........

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