And so it continues. The Russian-brokered deal that would strip President Bashar al-Assad of his chemical weapons – a deal that averted a U.S. airstrike on Syria – appears to have emboldened the regime in launching ever more brutal attacks with “conventional weapons”. On Sunday (September 29), a Syrian government warplane dropped two bombs on a high school in rebel-controlled Raqqa in northern Syria killing at least 16 and wounding 25 others. Many of the killed and injured were teenagers attending their first day of the school year.
As I report for the Daily Beast rights groups believe the bombs dropped were fuel-air ones that detonate in mid-air and create a fireball of burning fuel. A 2000 U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency study compared fuel-air bombs in their violence to chemical weapons. You can read my article here.