Weapon of Mass Destruction

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Weapon of Mass Destruction

Any weapon designed to kill human beings in exceptionally large numbers. Examples include biological, chemical and nuclear weapons. International agreements limit the spread of these weapons and they are rarely used in practice. However, they remain a significant political risk in some parts of the world.
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I doubt Syria's opposition would even want such unconventional weapons to be destroyed or confiscated by the US.
The former Iraqi leader denied having unconventional weapons before the US invasion, but refused to allow UN inspectors to search his country from 1998 until 2002.
Belgium, Ireland, Slovenia and Sweden have called for the opening of an international investigation into violations of international law during this conflict, particularly the use of unconventional weapons.
Arab and foreigner doctors who have been to Gaza recently have concluded that the abnormal injuries seen suggest Israel's use of unconventional weapons during its three-week onslaught.
While A Fiery Peace in a Cold War does little to challenge the conventional wisdom of the nation's unconventional weapons program as developed during the Eisenhower years, the book nonetheless provides a knowing look into the strategies, politics, and egos involved at the highest levels of military research and development.
Until Sunday, when another Iraqi resorted to his shoes as unconventional weapons, this time against the man who had allegedly devoted his presidency and tied his legacy to a new Iraq.
The number of CB warfare-capable countries has actually decreased since the 1950s, and of those countries suspected of developing NBC weapons, none come close to the two superpowers' former unconventional weapons programs.
Regarding unconventional weapons, the United States was most concerned with Libyan production of chemical weapons; however, when the Libyans offered to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and open their facilities to inspection, the United States elected not to pursue the issue at that time.
Not all threats are equal, and not all unconventional weapons are WMDs.
examines the methods and prospects of small states using unconventional weapons to protect themselves against predation by powerful states.
More than two dozen powers, including three GCC states, practiced intercepting and searching vessels suspected of trafficking in unconventional weapons in major military exercises which emphasised their co-ordination and willingness to aggressively block the spread of arms.
The GAO report, Terrorism Insurance--Measuring and Predicting Losses from Unconventional Weapons Is Difficult, but Some Industry Exposure Exists, noted that measuring and predicting these risks present distinct challenges to insurers because the characteristics of the risks largely diverge from commonly accepted principles used in determining insurability.