What Really Happened in Douma?

On April 7, 2018, the Syrian government launched an attack on the town of Douma, the final rebel military holdout in the suburbs of Damascus. Rebel activists and civil defense workers in the area said that chemical weapons had been used. The Russian government and media insisted that the chemical attack had been staged and that they could prove it. Six days later, the American government and allies launched air strikes in response, so whatever happened in Douma became a matter of geopolitical importance. So what really happened in Douma? Director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism James Harkin, Eyal Weizman of Forensic Architecture, Eliot Higgins of Bellingcat, Rob Mackey of The Intercept, and independent journalist Nour Samaha try to scrape a way at the propaganda on all sides to get us closer to the truth. Produced and edited by Lauren Feeney. Assistant Producer Georgia Graham.

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