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  • Two explosions at flooded Texas chemical plant: Fifteen police officers hospitalized after blast...

    08/31/2017 5:35:36 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 23 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 31 August 2017 | Associated Press and Ann Schmidt
    Two explosions have occurred at a chemical plant outside of Houston, hours after a spokesman warned a gas explosion was imminent. The explosions came after The Arkema Inc plant in Crosby, Texas, lost power and its backup generators amid Harvey's days-long deluge, leaving it without refrigeration for chemicals that become volatile as the temperature rises. Just after 2am local time, the Harris County Emergency Operations Center reported explosions at the plant and black smoke rising from the facility. The Harrison County Sheriff's Office said that at least one officer had been taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes following the...
  • Arkema Warns It Can’t Prevent Potential Chemical Explosion in Texas

    08/30/2017 8:42:01 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 35 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 30 August 2017 | Dan Molinski
    Industrial chemical manufacturer Arkema said Wednesday it has “no way to prevent” a potentially large explosion and fire at its facility near Houston, after flooding due to Tropical Storm Harvey. The Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas, some 25 miles northeast of Houston, was evacuated late Tuesday. Working with authorities, the company also urged everyone within a mile and a half of the plant to evacuate, and shut down a stretch of Highway 90 that runs alongside the plant, which produces organic peroxides for things like acrylic-based paint. “We have an unprecedented 6 feet of water throughout the plant,” Arkema’s North...
  • Texas chemical plant in critical condition, raising possibility of explosion

    08/29/2017 7:24:54 PM PDT · by mulder1 · 34 replies
    WASHINGTON POST ^ | 8/29/17 | Steven Mufson
    A chemical plant in Crosby, Texas was in critical condition Tuesday night after its refrigeration system and inundated backup power generators failed, raising the possibility that the volatile chemicals on the site would explode.
  • Trump's warning to Syria on chemical weapons worked, Jim Mattis says

    06/28/2017 7:53:06 AM PDT · by johnk · 35 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | Jun 28, 2017, 9:03 AM | by Jamie McIntyre
    ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that the U.S. warning to Syria not to conduct a chemical attack on its own people appears to have been taken seriously by the Bashar Assad regime. "They didn't do it," Mattis told reporters on his plane as they flew from Germany to Belgium. "It appears they took the warning seriously." Mattis would not confirm or discuss on-the-record statements by a Pentagon spokesman that the U.S. had observed the movement of chemical munitions at the Shayrat airfield, the same airfield from which a Syrian warplane dropped deadly sarin...
  • Military officials reportedly caught off guard by White House's warning to Syria

    06/27/2017 5:32:45 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 68 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 27, 2017 | David Choi
    Several military officials were reportedly caught off guard by a White House statement Monday night that indicated Syria was engaged in "potential preparations" for a new chemical attack, The New York Times reported.... ...The reported lack of communication between military channels also appeared to be corroborated by a BuzzFeed News report that cited five defense officials who said they did not know of the details regarding a potential chemical attack, and were not aware of the White House's plans to release a statement. Shortly after the White House statement was released, Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations,...
  • US warns Syria over 'potential' plan for chemical attack (Sean Spicer from White House)

    06/26/2017 9:26:16 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 39 replies
    BBC News ^ | 6/27/2017 | BBC
    The US says it has identified 'potential preparations' for another chemical attack in Syria, and issued a stark warning to the Syrian government. The White House said the activities were similar to those made before a suspected chemical attack in April. Dozens died in that attack and prompted President Donald Trump to order a strike against a Syrian air base. The US statement warned President Bashar al-Assad of "a heavy price" if another strike occurred. It said "another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime" was likely to result "in the mass murder of civilians." The statement added: "As we...
  • US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

    04/12/2017 8:45:17 PM PDT · by USA-FRANCE · 140 replies
    The US military and intelligence community has intercepted communications featuring Syrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior US official tells CNN.
  • United Airlines Barred From Russian Airspace ‘For Diplomatic Reasons,’ Pilot Announces

    04/12/2017 11:33:59 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 47 replies
    Dailycaller.com ^ | 4-12-2017 | Chuck Ross
    A United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Shanghai, China was diverted from flying over Russian airspace for "diplomatic reasons" early Wednesday morning, passengers on the flight say.Those diplomatic concerns forced the flight to refuel at Tokyo's Narita airport, the flight's captain told passengers, several of whom posted about it on social media. On @United 857 enroute to PVG, diverted to NRT. Captain: Due to diplomatic reasons, Russia denied access to air space. Now refuelling-- brianlinca (@brianlinca) April 12, 2017 One passenger named Andy Brown says that the airplane almost ran out of fuel before landing at Narita. "Then they...
  • Graham: Putin a ‘War Criminal’ — ‘Intentionally Left Chemical Weapons in the Hands of Assad’

    04/12/2017 5:33:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 11, 2017 | Pam Key
    Tuesday on CNN’s “At This Hour,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Russian President Vladimir Putin was a “war criminal” who he believes “intentionally left chemical weapons in the hands of Assad.”
  • Top Syrian Army defector not surprised by chemical attacks, says toxins (trunc)

    04/11/2017 9:40:46 AM PDT · by elhombrelibre · 28 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | 11 Apr 17 | Holley McKay
    Appalling images of Syrian babies gasping for breath and others foaming at the mouth after the Damascus regime hit a rebel-held town with chemical weapons has stunned the world. But people were almost as stunned last week that Syria still had chemical weapons because the Kremlin in June 2014 had vouched publicly for their complete eradication. One man who certainly wasn’t stunned that Syria had such weapons and would use them was Syrian Brig. Gen. Zaher al-Sakat, once the Bashar regime’s chemical weapons chief in charge of such operations. In an interview this week with Fox News, Sakat remained steadfast...
  • British Journalist Destroys MSM Lies On Syria

    04/10/2017 6:58:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 23 replies
    Youtube ^ | 04/10/17 | Syriana Analysis
    Exclusive interview with British Journalist Tom Duggan in Damascus at the French Hospital tells us about the chemical attacks accusations. Interview conducted by Hanin Elias   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjOSZ6QgGgY
  • Trump's Syria strike celebrated by 'terrorists', Iran says

    04/08/2017 3:10:25 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | Saturday, April 8, 2017 | BBC News
    A woman with a baby in a crowd of protestersImage copyrightEPA Image caption - Syrians protested outside the UN offices in Damascus Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has said "terrorists are celebrating" US strikes on a Syrian airbase. His comments echo the response from Russia, which like Iran is allied to Syria, and from Syria itself. At least six people are reported to have been killed in the missile strikes in the early hours of Friday. The strikes followed Wednesday's suspected chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, in which 89 people are reported to have died.
  • Warplanes strike Syrian town hit by chemical attack

    04/08/2017 12:41:01 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 24 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Saturday, April 8, 2017 | The Associated Press
    Beirut: Warplanes on Saturday struck the Syrian town where a chemical attack had killed scores of people earlier this week, as Turkey warned that a retaliatory US missile strike on a Syrian air base would only be "cosmetic" if greater efforts are not made to remove President Bashar Assad from power. The airstrikes on the opposition-held northern town of Khan Sheikhoun, where 87 people were killed in the chemical attack earlier this week, killed a woman and wounded her son, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees, an activist collective. Elsewhere in Syria,...
  • Revisiting the Obama track record on Syria’s chemical weapons (Effin' Kerry - 100% gone)

    04/07/2017 11:48:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Politifact ^ | 4/05/17 | Jon Greenberg
    **SNIP** The outcry leads us to revisit a 2014 claim from former Secretary of State John Kerry. Kerry said in a television interview that in Syria, "we got 100 percent of the chemical weapons out." Syria had agreed in 2013 to an ambitious program to destroy its chemical stockpiles under international supervision, as part of a deal brokered by Russia. When Kerry spoke in July 2014, the process seemed far along. Based on reports from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons -- which later won the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts -- we rated that claim Mostly...
  • Proof of staged scene of Syrian "chemical attack" aftermath

    04/06/2017 5:06:09 PM PDT · by IDRATHERNOT · 43 replies
    Short clip. Pay attention to the "injured" guy on the right as the camera pans over to him. Blatantly staged hospital scene.
  • FLASHBACK: ISIS are making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq...

    04/06/2017 1:53:01 PM PDT · by VaeVictis · 9 replies
    DailyMail ^ | September 11, 2015 | Ollie Gillman
    ISIS are making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq says US official as horrific pictures of Kurdish soldiers' injuries caused by mustard gas emerge ISIS terrorists are making and using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq, US officials believe. The government is aware of at least four occasions in both countries where militants have used mustard gas, according to a US security agent. The news came as horrific images emerged of injuries sustained by Kurdish soldiers exposed to the toxic weapons while battling the barbaric Islamists. The US source told the BBC that the mustard powder added to...
  • President Trump Considering ‘Military Action’ In Syria In Response To Chemical Attack

    04/06/2017 11:52:58 AM PDT · by drewh · 118 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1 hour ago | Russ Read
    President Donald Trump is reportedly considering engaging in military action in Syria in response to Tuesday’s chemical attack. Trump reportedly told some members of Congress that military action is a real possibility, according to CNN’s Dana Bash. Trump did not detail any potential military in his statements Wednesday. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is suspected of engaging in a chemical attack against his own people, leaving approximately 72 dead and potentially hundreds more injured. The strike targeted Khan Shaykhun, a rebel-controlled town in Syria’s northwestern Idlib province. Trump responded to the attack Tuesday, telling reporters it “crossed a lot of lines...
  • Syrian gas incident caused by rebels' own chemical weapons: Russian Defense Ministry

    04/05/2017 8:57:28 AM PDT · by sdthree · 60 replies
    Xinhua ^ | April 5, 2017
    MOSCOW, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that the deadly gas contamination in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib was caused by the explosion of chemical weapons produced by the rebels. Media reports said about 70 people were killed with 200 others wounded Tuesday in a toxic gas attack by Syrian warplanes on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Syrian air force delivered a strike on the eastern outskirts of Khan Sheikhoun against a large ammunition depot and a cluster of military equipment belonging to terrorists, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement....
  • Second Skin" Could Protect Troops From Chemical, Biological Agents

    08/07/2016 11:12:26 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    popularmechanics ^ | Aug 4, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    awrence Livermore National Laboratory is working on using carbon nanotubes to create a barrier that would be impenetrable to chemical and biological agents, but still water-permeable. The result could make suits designed to protect against chemical and biological threats more comfortable—and effective—for long-term wear. ... Each of the tubes has a diameter of less than five nanometers. For reference, there are about 254,000,000 nanometers in a single inch. Less than five nanometers, it turns out, is the sweet spot that allows water to pass through the fabric while keeping out chemical agents, viruses, and most microscopic organisms. The result is...
  • Doctors Urge California Residents "Leave Now...While You Can" As Gas Leak Fears Grow

    01/08/2016 10:34:21 AM PST · by Perseverando · 50 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | January 8, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    California Governor Jerry Brown finally declared a state of emergency on Wednesday, concerning the ongoing, currently unstoppable methane gas leak spewing from Aliso Canyon that has created a nightmare for residents of Porter Ranch. “I will tell you, this goes well beyond Porter Ranch. We’ve had complaints from as far as Chatsworth, Northridge, and Granada Hills,” emphasized Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander during a Porter Ranch town hall meeting on December 28. “Apparently this plume of toxic chemicals and whatever it might be, doesn’t know zip codes […] This is the equivalent of the BP oil spill on land,...