biological weapons


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biological weapons

Micro-organisms and the means of their deliberate dissemination for the purpose of killing or disabling members of military or civilian populations for warlike purposes. Only a few micro-organisms have suitable properties for storage and dissemination. These include the ANTHRAX bacillus, the paralyzing toxin of Clostridium botulinum , the plague bacillus Yersinia pestis and the deadly EBOLA VIRUS.
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Foreign Policy, which was given access to a computer laptop that was seized in a raid in January in the Syrian province of Idlib, near the Turkish border, reported seeing thousands of files of schemes, bomb-making instructions and research on building a homebrew biological weapon of mass destruction.
Second, the effects of biological weapons on a target population would be extremely hard to counter.
outbreaks, and responding to the use of biological weapons.
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And the leader of the House of Commons Peter Hain said he, and other Cabinet members, had seen proof that Saddam had chemical and biological weapons.
When the United States, despite its overwhelming conventional military superiority, takes up a policy that requires nuclear weapons to carry out a strike against a potential chemical or biological weapons threat, other states are likely to conclude that nuclear weapons are also necessary for their security
Secretary of State Colin Powell said the US would find banned nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.
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