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These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Syrian civil war Image copyright EPA After seven devastating years of civil war in Syria, which have left more thanpeople dead, President Bashar al-Assad appears close to victory against the forces trying to overthrow him.
So how has Mr Assad got so close to winning this bloody, brutal war?
A joint investigation by BBC Panorama and BBC Arabic shows for the first time the extent to which chemical weapons have been crucial to his war-winning strategy. Sorry, your browser cannot display this map Source: Map built with Carto. The use of chemical weapons has been widespread The BBC has determined there is enough evidence to be confident that at least chemical attacks have taken place in Syria since Septemberwhen the president signed the international Chemical Weapons Convention CWC and agreed to destroy the country's chemical weapons stockpile.
Syria ratified the CWC a month after a chemical weapons attack on several suburbs of the capital, Damascus, that involved the nerve agent Sarin and left hundreds of people dead. The horrific pictures of victims convulsing in agony shocked the world.
Western powers said the attack could only have been carried out by the government, but Mr Assad blamed the opposition.
The US threatened military action in retaliation but relented when Mr Assad's key ally, Russia, persuaded him to agree to the elimination of Syria's chemical arsenal.
Despite the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons OPCW and the United Nations destroying all 1, tonnes of chemicals that the Syrian government declared, chemical weapons attacks in the country have continued.
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