Did Syrian rebels acquire sarin? If so, how?

Home-made sarin?

Inside Aum Shinrikyo’s sarin factory

Shopping for raw materials

  • Timed fuses
  • Chrome pipes
  • Thionyl Chloride (SOCl2)
  • Potassium Fluoride (KF)
  • Methanol (CH3OH)
  • Isopropanol (C3H8O)
  • Isopropanolamine (C3H9NO)
  • White Phosphorus (P4)
  • Medical Glucose
  • Bauxite

Sarin from abroad?

Sarin from Iraq?

Sarin from Libya?

The Ruwagha facility in Libya. Photo: OPCW

Gifts from Saudi Arabia?

The Mint Press story

Seizing government sarin?

An inspector from OPCW examines tanks used in Syria’s chemical weapons programme

Sarin, on its own, isn’t enough

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Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: www.al-bab.com. Author of 'Arabs Without God'.

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