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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Describe current events that involve the potential or realized use of chemical and biological warfare or terrorism and discuss efforts to eliminate or reduce the use of the weapons.
exports to Iraq included the precursors to chemical-warfare agents, plans for chemical and biological warfare production facilities, and chemical-warhead filling equipment
military's preparedness for chemical and biological warfare and concluded, "Units designated for early deployment today continue to face many of the same problems experienced ...
The book contains abridged versions of the class indices from Ellison's larger Handbook of Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission is holding a week-long session on chemical and biological warfare projects set up by the South African Defence Force during apartheid.
They said there was nothing wrong at all because the general public would go against them if they found out about the exposures to chemical and biological warfare and how it gets into your whole family."
Some of the most horrible images on our minds are of victims of chemical and biological warfare. We need to take extraordinary measures to prevent such atrocities.
Chemical and Biological Warfare: A Reference Handbook, Al Mauroni, ABC-CLIO, July 2003.
Now, with the threats of chemical and biological warfare again drawing media attention, it is useful to look to the past to see what answers our predecessors found.
AFTER nuclear weapons, chemical and biological warfare are the biggest threat faced by soldiers and civilians in modern conflict.

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