Part of the challenge with documenting the fast-moving war in Syria is that research can become outdated as soon as it's published.
"Since Russia and Syria have renewed their joint air operations, we have seen a relentless use of cluster munitions."
The use of CBU-105 Sensor Fuzed Weapons and other banned cluster munitions for the past year in Yemen by a Saudi Arabia-led coalition of states has ignited a firestorm of concern.
The U.S. is not a party to the international Convention on Cluster Munitions. But its reluctance to press Saudi Arabia on cluster munition use in Yemen appears to be having an impact on three close allies who are parties to that treaty.
This week campaigners against cluster munitions are pressing for answers on why any financial institution or bank would choose to be associated with the production of this banned weapon. PAX, a member of the international Cluster Munition Coalition, has released a report revealing the financial institutions backing companies involved in production of cluster munitions.
Syria's accession to the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention is a necessary and positive step, but there is still no end in sight to the government's use of other banned weapons, with civilians bearing the brunt of horrific attacks.
In the aftermath of the Syrian government's cluster bomb attacks, there have been further casualties, particularly from bomblets that didn't detonate during the attack but exploded later when handled.
The Oslo Cup was a blend of joyful competition and celebration and a vivid reminder of the purpose: to raise awareness and keep the issue of landmines and cluster munitions alive so that something is done about it.
Cluster munitions are particularly evil weapons. On falling to the ground, these bombs and shells separate into dozens of small bomblets, exploding on the enemy and civilians.
Great, I say, but let's expand the context. Banning or stigmatizing the use of cluster bombs will, at best, minimize one