Nato countries and Australia need to re-invest in their chemical defence capabilities or be rolled by Russia or terrorists
The nerve agent attack in Salisbury in March 2018 bought chemical weapons to the UK for the first time. Meanwhile in Syria there have been at least eight documented chemical attacksin the past 12 months and of course, most recently the devastating chemical attack on Douma which killed at least 50 people.
As we approach the seventh year of this shockingly violent conflict, this war has become synonymous with two distinct and irrefutable crimes against humanity: the use of chemical weapons and the direct targeting of hospitals and medical personnel.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon is a chemical weapons expert