U.S. response to Iraq's CW use against Iran in 1983; Russia's on Syria in 2013
Left: Iranian military KIAs from Iraqi chemical weapons attack in 1988. Right: Syrian chemical weapons casualties in 2013.
Below: CIA document acknowledging Iraq's use of chemical weapons during the Iran-Iraq war. At the United Nations, the United States effectively shielded its ally Iraq, diplomatically, for its use of chemical weapons during the course of the war. The U.S. also accused Iran of using chemical weapons during the conflict; it's widely understood that Iran did not reciprocate with chemical weapons of its own. For additional reading on the subject click HERE.
Below: Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov said last Wednesday's alleged chemical attack in Syria, which U.N. chemical weapons experts began investigating on Monday, was probably the work of rebels who wanted to derail plans by Washington and Moscow to hold talks on Syria's future.