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Britain reports new Syria chemical weapons use to UN

May 29, 2013 ASDNews (AFP)


Britain last week informed the United Nations of "new incidents" of apparent chemical weapons use in Syria, diplomats said Wednesday.


If confirmed, the attacks would heap further pressure on Western countries supporting Syrian rebels to intervene in the conflict, which the United Nations says has claimed more than 70,000 lives.


President Barack Obama has called the use or movement of chemical weapons a "red line," but has thus far ruled out greater US involvement despite increasing reports of limited chemical attacks by regime forces.


London sent a letter to the world body that included "details of new incidents since April," a Western diplomat said.


Britain and France sent three letters to the world body in April detailing the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, including in the embattled Homs region in December 2012.


The United Nations has appointed a team of investigators led by Swedish arms inspector Ake Sellstrom, but they have not been granted permission to enter Syria by President Bashar al-Assad's regime.


"We continue to inform the secretary general and Mr Sellstrom of any information as and when we get information of alleged chemical weapons use," Britain's UN envoy Mark Lyall Grant said, without providing further details.


A top UN envoy said last week there are "mounting reports" of the use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war and called on the Damascus government to let in UN investigators.


The US administration said on May 15 that it believed small amounts of chemical weapons had been used at least twice in Syria but that it was awaiting full confirmation.

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21 mai 2013 2 21 /05 /mai /2013 11:20
SAIC Awarded Contract By JPEO-CBD

May 21, 2013 ASDNews Source : Science Applications International Corporation


Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) [NYSE: SAI] announced it was awarded a prime contract by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) to provide program, engineering, medical, and technical support services. The multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contract has a three-year base period of performance, two one-year options, one six-month extension optional period, and a total contract value of $495 million for all awardees, if all options are exercised. Work will be performed in multiple cities throughout the continental United States and outside the continental United States.


JPEO-CBD provides research, development, acquisition, fielding and life-cycle support of chemical and biological defense equipment and medical countermeasures for the U.S. This includes the acquisition and fielding of chemical and biological detection and reconnaissance systems, individual and collective protection systems, decontamination systems, information management systems, medical devices, drugs and vaccines, and installation and force protection systems.


Under the contract, SAIC will provide support services to JPEO-CBD in several domains, including business and analytical; engineering and technical; logistics; information technology; and medical. SAIC is one of 42 contractors eligible to compete for task orders under the contract.


"Through a convergence of our health and national security offerings, SAIC will provide program, engineering, medical, and technical support services in a more dynamic and efficient way," said Joe Craver, President of SAIC's Health and Engineering Sector.


"The services we offer through this contract vehicle greatly improve JPEO-CBD's ability to respond to the needs of the warfighter, which provides greater security to the nation and our assets and allies overseas," added John Thomas, acting President of SAIC's National Security Sector.

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