U.S. believes Syria used chemicals The United States has evidence that the chemical weapon sarin has been used in Syria on a small scale, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. But numerous questions remain about the origins of the chemicals and what impact their apparent use could have on the ongoing Syrian civil war and international involvement in it. More
S. Korea Hints At Nuclear Testing The American military commander in the region is staying there instead of returning to Washington--taking no chances as North Korea continues to make threats. More
Pyongyang rumblings have little effect on SKoreans Outsiders might hear the opening notes of a war in the deluge of threats and provocations from North Korea, but to South Koreans it is a familiar drumbeat. Separated from the North by a heavily fortified border for decades, they have for the most part lived with tough talk from Pyongyang all their lives. More
Witness: Mladic Not in Command of Branjevo Killings - IWPR ... defence witness in the trial of the former Bosnian Serb army chief, was commander of ... Mladic is accused of genocide and other crimes ... 04/2/2015 - 2:44 pm | View Link
Bosnian Serb Brigade Commander "Unaware" of Srebrenica Crimes - IWPR A former Bosnian Serb army officer told the trial of Ratko Mladic this week that he ... commander of the Bosnian Serb ... Mladic is accused of ... 03/27/2015 - 2:20 pm | View Link
8 Srebrenica massacre suspects arrested In a first for Serbia, police on Wednesday arrested eight men accused of taking part in killing more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, The Associated Press has learned. 04/5/2015 - 9:43 pm | View Link
Serbia arrests 8 Srebrenica massacre suspects Machine guns crackled and grenades exploded from dusk to dawn as the Bosnian Serb soldiers slaughtered more than 1,000 men and boys crammed into a warehouse outside Srebrenica. 03/18/2015 - 7:41 pm | View Link
In major step, Serbia arrests 8 Srebrenica massacre suspects SREBRENICA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Machine guns crackled and grenades exploded from dusk to dawn as the Bosnian Serb soldiers slaughtered more than 1,000 men and boys crammed into a warehouse outside Srebrenica. 03/18/2015 - 4:45 pm | View Link
APNewsBreak: 8 Srebrenica massacre suspects arrested In a first for Serbia, police on Wednesday arrested eight men accused of taking part in killing more than 1,000 Bosnian Muslims in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, The Associated Press has learned. 03/18/2015 - 10:33 am | View Link
Serbia arrests seven men over 1995 Srebrenica massacre Balkan country makes first arrests over slaughter of more than 1,000 Muslims in what was Europe’s worst civilian slaughter since second world war Serbia is to mount its first trial over one of Europe’s worst atrocities: the massacre of some 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men by Serbian forces in Srebrenica in the summer of 1995. Following a war crimes investigation, police arrested seven suspects in ... 03/18/2015 - 9:20 am | View Link
ICTY appeals chamber upholds life sentence for Bosnian Serb general Tolimir The appeals chamber judges now confirmed Tolimir's conviction for genocide. The appeals chamber ... He reported directly to Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic, currently still on trial at the ICTY. On May 31, 2007, Tolimir was arrested and his ... 04/8/2015 - 2:19 pm | View Link
Srebrenica genocide: Zdravko Tolimir’s life sentence upheld The ex right-hand man of former Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic was appealing a 2012 conviction of genocide and other crimes related ... He reported directly to Mladic, who is still on trial in The Hague for crimes including the massacre ... 04/8/2015 - 12:19 pm | View Link
UN court upholds Srebrenica commander's genocide conviction The Hague (AFP) - The Yugoslav war crimes court on Wednesday upheld Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir's life sentence for genocide at the 1995 ... adviser and taken away. Trial judges described Tolimir, now 66, as Mladic's "eyes and ears", particularly ... 04/8/2015 - 7:13 am | View Link
Jailed Bosnian Serb general Tolimir fails in appeal bid Tolimir, 66, was the "right hand man" of Bosnian Serb commander Gen Ratko Mladic, judges ruled in the original trial. Gen Mladic is also on trial in The Hague. "In light of these genocide convictions alone, the appeals chamber considers that Tolimir's ... 04/8/2015 - 4:58 am | View Link
Former senior Bosnian Serb officer's life sentence for Srebrenica genocide is upheld ... intelligence and reported directly to wartime Bosnian Serb military commander Ratko Mladic, who remains on trial in The Hague for crimes including the Srebrenica killings. "In the light of these genocide convictions alone, the Appeals Chamber ... 04/8/2015 - 4:30 am | View Link
Bosnia and Herzegovina News World news about Bosnia and Herzegovina. Breaking news and archival information about its people, politics and economy from The New York Times. 04/17/2015 - 12:50 am | View Website
Ratko Mladic | biography Ratko Mladić, (born March 12, 1942, Božinovići, Yugoslavia [now in Bosnia and Herzegovina]), Bosnian Serb military leader who commanded the Bosnian Serb army ... 04/16/2015 - 12:40 pm | View Website
Srebrenica massacre The Srebrenica massacre, also known as the Srebrenica genocide Bosnian: Genocid u Srebrenici), was the genocidal killing, in July 1995, of more than 8,000 Bosniaks ... 04/15/2015 - 12:55 pm | View Website
Bosnian Genocide The term Bosnian Genocide refers to either genocide at Srebrenica and Žepa committed by Bosnian Serb forces in 1995 or the wider ethnic cleansing campaign throughout ... 04/15/2015 - 12:38 am | View Website
GENOCIDE BOSNIA 1995 - before the genocide - the genocide - after the genocide - witness - issues. GENOCIDES NAMIBIA ARMENIA UKRAINE the HOLOCAUST CAMBODIA GUATEMALA 04/12/2015 - 12:30 pm | View Website
Abdel-Wahab al-Saadi, the top military commander in Iraq's Salahuddin province, says ground forces entered the Beiji oil refinery Saturday, days after a number of IS militants carried out a large-scale attack and briefly took over a small part of the complex.
First WWI gas attack produced new horrors, changed warfare
Chlorine gas — sent crawling in favorable winds over Flanders Fields from German positions — sowed terror and agony for the first time on April 22, 1915.
Foaming at the mouth, crazed and blinded, the French soldiers fled in all directions — sucking for oxygen, finding poison instead.
The chlorine seeped into body fluids and ate away at eyes, throat and lungs.
Some 1,200 French soldiers were killed in the chaos of that first 5-minute gas attack and the fighting that followed.
The organization today monitors reports that chlorine gas has repeatedly been used in Syria's civil war.
A century ago Tuesday, German forces gathered their best and brightest at army headquarters in Tielt, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) behind the front line, for a momentous discussion.
Commanders had already been waiting 10 days for favorable winds, huddled in a patrician mansion lined with maps and dotted with landscape models.
The plan was to release the chlorine in the frosty morning hours, when it would cling best to the surface and give soldiers a full day to advance.
The Germans needed only to look at how the prevailing westerly winds bent Flanders' stately trees toward their own positions to know that gas would inevitably come drifting their way.
The first use by allied forces came in September, when the British unleashed poison gas on the Germans at the battle of Loos, just across from Ypres in northern France.
Rival armies ultimately launched 146 gas attacks in Belgium, which covered only a small patch of the Western Front.
The lethal power of more sophisticated gases increased the horror by the month, even as the improvement of gas mask designs required more and more poison to be deployed.
The invention of gas shells fired by artillery eliminated dependence on favorable winds.