UN Investigators Leaving Syria, But Results Will Take Time

Processing Samples Could Take Weeks

After ignoring a US demand to leave earlier this week, United Nations chemical weapons investigators have finished up their inspections at the site of the Jobar incident, and have collected all of the samples needed to determine what sort of chemicals the slain were exposed to.

The investigators are leaving on Saturday, and will process those samples in special laboratories in the Netherlands in the coming days. That process could potentially take weeks, but will be the first real evidence from the site.

None of this will have any further impact on the US plans to attack Syria, as they intend to attack much sooner than this, insisting that they are “fully convinced” of their own narrative without the trouble of collecting samples and studying them.

Still, the UN process has had an impact, as Britain’s hawkish government has been forced to pull out by parliament until the UN results are in. Likewise, since the samples are already being removed from the country, there is a major risk that the Obama Administration could find their war narrative conclusively disproven after launching an attack based on their own guesses.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.