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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What if unconventional weapons are moved to ensure their safety rather than for offensive purposes?
And although the Secretary-General's words may well be no more than a maneuver to induce panic, reshuffle the cards and invite the US and the West to accept the offers made by Russia and Iran to hold negotiations between the Syrian regime and the opposition, the American response has been clear and swift: playing with unconventional weapons would mean bringing an immediate end to the Damascus regime, not prolonging its life.
Other Egyptian officials complained that the United States has increased military aid to Israel while Egypt's amount was fixed, adding that Israel possessed "unconventional weapons", which creates a regional imbalance and could cause instability.
One resolution allows Iraq to develop a civilian nuclear programme and import materials once banned because they could possibly be used to help develop unconventional weapons. A second resolution shuttered the dormant and widely corrupt oil-for-aid programme.
Defense contractors such as Boeing are making aggressive bids for lucrative contracts to build unconventional weapons -- offensive cyberwarfare tools for fending off the nearly constant attempts to hack into Pentagon and defense contractors' computer systems.
The exercises include an air raid drill that will take place Wednesday morning and simulated responses to bombings in which emergency services attend to victims and test for chemical or other kinds of unconventional weapons.
Valerie Lincy, a senior associate at the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control, a non-profit organisation working to stem proliferation of unconventional weapons and works under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin, said: "This is the missile of greatest concern at this point.
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.
Did you also manage to miss the repeated Israeli usage of unconventional weapons against innocent civilians?
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.
First, the Cold War ended, reducing the possibility of superpower conflict that might escalate to the heavy use of unconventional weapons. Second, militaries have gained access to increasingly accurate precision munitions.
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.