Update August 22nd Videos have now been posted online showing the above munitions, as well as a third munition linked to the attack, and a gallery of photos showing one of the above munitions
What's extremely interesting about these devices is they match with devices previously recorded in the conflict, reportedly launched by government forces, with it's first appearance in Daraya, south-west Damascus on January 4th
With photographs of the munition taken elsewhere in Daraya on the same day
Adra, northeast of Damascus, on June 11th, described as a "chemical missile"
Adra, on August 5th, linked to an alleged chemical attack on the same day
Khalidiya, Homs on August 2nd. This video gives us a sense of the size of one of these munitions, early in the video it's lined up against a car, and would be around 3-3.5 meters along, with the payload being around 1-1.5 meters long
It's interesting to note that the example from Homs appears to have an explosive fill, that would have likely destroyed much of the munition if it had detonated, while the other examples appear to have used up their payload without any damage to the munition, perhaps implying there's multiple payloads.
The obvious question is, what are these? What's very interesting is these appear to be a design that's unique to the conflict in Syria, and it seems likely these munitions have been manufactured inside Syria. It's hard to be 100% certain these are linked to the chemical attacks today, but local activists certainly seem to think they are related, and that means they are certainly worth keeping an eye on in the future.
Update August 22nd More information on these munitions can be found here.
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