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.
Alas, the issue of weapons of mass destruction was harshly reduced to the use of shoes as unconventional weapons of frustration and contempt.
The Cold War concept of massive CB weapons employment combined with arms control discussions on the impact of unconventional weapons served to conflate CB munitions with WMD.
How many of your friends and neighbors know, as Barbara Slavin writes in Bitter Friends, Bosom Enemies, that during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini vetoed the use of unconventional weapons because Islam forbids the killing of innocents?
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.
13 that according to a former Israeli official, "it was an attack against a facility capable of making unconventional weapons.
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.
One of the biggest differences was over a call on countries to inspect cargo leaving and arriving in North Korea to prevent any illegal trafficking in unconventional weapons or ballistic missiles.
The large American bases (in Iraq) are good places to test your unconventional weapons, whether biological or dirty, as they call them.