Category Archives: BioTerrorism

Sen. Jim Talent testifies at subcommittee hearing on bioterrorism

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Former Sen. Jim Talent gave testimony at a hearing called by the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication on Wednesday, which focused on strategy for the potential threat of bioterrorism. Talent spoke of how biological weapons, according to … Read More »

U.S. House subcommittee holds bioterror hearing

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The House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications held a hearing today on strategy and perspectives with regards to biological terrorism threats. Among the witnesses scheduled to testify were Jim Talent, a former senator and vice chair of the Commission on … Read More »

Experts: Preparstoon, communication vital to biopreparedness

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The federal government must show leadership in both preparation and communications when it comes to bioterrorism, experts said Wednesday. The potential for biological attacks has long been on the government’s radar, former Sen. Jim Talent (R-Mo.) said. The former vice-chair … Read More »

U.S. ambassador to the U.N. speaks about Syrian victims of chemical weaponry

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations (U.N.) Samantha Power gave an address on Thursday, following the testimony given by survivors of chemical attacks in Syria and experts on the situation. The U.N. Security Council heard from Dr. Mohammad Tennari, a … Read More »

U.S. Treasury links three firms to Syrian arms program

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The U.S. Treasury Department said Tuesday it increased pressure on the Bashar al-Assad regime to inhibit the Syrian chemical weapons program. The Treasury Department said three companies have been linked to the Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), a sanctioned … Read More »

Boehner delegation discusses terror threats, Iran with Jordanian royalty

U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (left) is welcomed by His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah Sunday in Jordan.

A U.S. delegation of lawmakers led by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) visited Jordan over the weekend to discuss Iranian-backed violence and terror threats with the nation’s royalty, Boehner’s office said on Monday. The group met with His Majesty King … Read More »

PHR urges response to chemical attacks in Syria

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Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) called on the international community on Thursday to take immediate action following reports of up to five chemical attacks in Syria. PHR, the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and Doctors Without Borders have reported chemical … Read More »

Liberty University holds bioterror simulation

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Students and faculty of the Department of Biology and Chemistry and the Helms School of Government at Liberty University participated in a bioterror simulation in partnership with the Virginia State Police on Saturday. The simulation included having participants set up … Read More »

Menendez urges Obama to lean on Syria, allies after chemical attack

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on President Obama in a letter on Thursday to respond to reports of a chlorine gas attack earlier this month in Syria. Menendez also called on … Read More »

SAMS urges international response to recent Syrian chemical attacks

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The Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) urged the UN Security Council to intervene on Thursday after five cases of chemical attacks were reported in the Idlib region within the past 10 days. “The international community needs to act with urgency … Read More »

OPCW chief decides to continue Syrian-attack probe

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Ahmet Üzümcü, director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), said on Wednesday that the organization’s fact-finding mission will continue in the wake of an alleged chemical attack recently in Syria. On March 16, barrels of chlorine … Read More »

Britain calls for probe into alleged Syrian chemical attack

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond

In the wake of recent reports of a chemical attack on the Idlib province of Syria, British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond called on the international community to investigate the matter. The alleged attack occurred on March 16, when witnesses reported … Read More »

DWB details treatment of chemical attack victims in Syria

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Syrian doctors and Doctors Without Borders (DWB) have reported that seven people have died and 70 were injured in a chemical attack that took place March 16 on the town of Samrin . Witness reports claim that government helicopters dropped … Read More »

CTED calls for counter-terrorism dialogue

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The Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) called for enhanced dialogue of humanitarian organizations, donor states and others to incorporate counter-terrorism measures that take humanitarian issues into consideration during meetings on March 10 and 11. The meeting consisted of the Inter-Agency … Read More »

Doctors urge U.N. to probe alleged chemical attack in Syria

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Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) urged the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday to investigate a reported chemical bombing attack on a Syrian village. PHR staff members who are working with the Syrian American Medical Society at a field hospital said … Read More »