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What forensics can say about Syria chemical attack

• newscientist.com
 This brings Russia in line with the US and the 36 other countries that yesterday called for a swift investigation into the apparent deaths of over 1000 men, women and children.

Even if the inspectors – who are already in the country looking into three other unverified attacks – are given permission to investigate the site, there is no guarantee that they will be able to establish conclusively what has happened. But the tension is cranking up. US president, Barack Obama, who a year ago described the use of chemical weapons as a "red line", today said that if the claims were verified, the situation "would require America's attention".

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