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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.