weapon of mass destruction

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weapon of mass destruction

[′wep·ən əv ′mas di′strək·shən]
(ordnance)
Nuclear, bacteriological, or other weapon capable of causing widespread death or destruction.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Considering these changes in the security environment and the declining probability of conventional wars, the Israeli security establishment started to pay closer attention to the efforts of some Arab countries to compensate their disadvantage in terms of conventional and unconventional power by developing unconventional weapons programs.
The Kremlin's refusal to renew the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program would put an end to a multibillion-dollar effort, financed largely by US taxpayers, that is widely credited with removing all nuclear weapons from the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, deactivating more than 7,600 strategic nuclear warheads, and eliminating huge stockpiles of nuclear missiles and chemical weapons, as well as launchers and other equipment and military sites that supported unconventional weapons.
His threat is also puzzling, given that the Assad regime had previously said it would only use unconventional weapons against "external aggression", and "never" against Syrians, "no matter what the internal developments".
Syria's Chemical Weapons Pose Huge Risk "The dangers associated with Syria's chemical weapons (CW) are a dire example of why non-proliferation of unconventional weapons must be a top international priority."
Is such a threat then due to new information obtained by the Americans about the possibility of Bashar Al-Assad's troops making use of unconventional weapons against the opposition or the possibility of such weapons being purposely moved to another party, especially as Obama's warning pointed to "other players on the ground" without naming Al-Qaeda as he had in previous warnings?
In some of his strongest language yet on Syria, the US leader said Assad faced "enormous consequences" if he crossed a "red line" of even moving unconventional weapons in a threatening manner.
The United States and others claimed Iraq had all kinds of unconventional weapons just to invade the country.
However, foreign ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi insisted unconventional weapons would not be used on rebels who have conducted a 16-month uprising against Assad's rule, at the cost of at least 19,000 lives.
Police chiefs said the system, used successfully across America, initially struggled on British streets because of the low incidence of gunfire and the unconventional weapons typically used by gangsters.
Although it has been known that Western intelligence services began cooperating with Libya after it abandoned its program to build unconventional weapons in 2004, the left over files reveal that the cooperation between both the countries were much intense than earlier thought.
The term "WMD" is problematic from an analytic perspective, however, in that it lumps these unconventional weapons together and implies that they are similar even though each type differs greatly from the others in its mechanisms and effects.
The Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth said that based on information, which Israel has been able to acquire, "Syria holds unconventional weapons and estimations indicate that all the arms it possesses will be delivered to Hizbullah if a new war breaks out between Israel and the group." The daily added that "there is no information to confirm that Hizbullah has chemical weapons."