A brief post to note that the UN report on the now-confirmed chemical weapons (CW) attacks on Ghouta has been released.
It appears that many commentators and analysts, including myself, were correct in pointing to the unknown munition detailed in my previous posts as the probable delivery mechanism for CW agent in these attacks.
The UN report confirms that the agent in question is Sarin, and gives reverse azimuths that indicate short-range surface-to-surface rockets appear to have been fired from regime controlled territory. Analysts at both the New York Times and Human Rights Watch have provided similar conclusions. Chris Chivers has a brief post up here, that explains his reasoning for why the most likely culprit is the Assad regime. I largely agree with his thoughts.
Thanks must also be extended to the Syrians who photographed and filmed the munitions and made this media available to me and others either directly or indirectly.
Remember, all UXO (and especially known or suspected CW munitions) is dangerous, and should not be approached or handled where possible.