chemical weapon


Definition of chemical weapon

: a weapon (such as mustard gas or sarin) used in chemical warfare

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Instead the West should try to spare Syria’s suffering by offering strictly humanitarian assistance and threatening retribution for heinous acts, such as the use of chemical weapons. The Economist, "Syria will poison the region for years to come," 5 Sep. 2019 In this April 4, 2017, photo, Abdel Hamid Yousef, holds his twin babies, who were killed in a chemical weapons attack in Khan Sheikhoun, Syria. Zeina Karam, Los Angeles Times, "Syrian father who lost twins to poison gas uprooted again," 4 Sep. 2019 Some members of Congress had recently pressed the White House to impose the sanctions as required by U.S. law over Russia's use of chemical weapons. NBC News, "U.S. announces more sanctions against Russia over poisoning of ex-spy," 3 Aug. 2019 Geraldo Rivera: Geraldo Rivera on Trump 'go back' tweets: His critics 'were much more right than I' Trump has authorized two missile strikes in Syria over its use of chemical weapons, but those were limited strikes that targeted aircraft facilities. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "A military strike on Iran? Trump is reluctant to do it despite history of threats," 21 July 2019 Since then, G20 Summits have been used as a time for heads of state to discuss the most pressing global challenges, from terror attacks in Paris to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and the Eurozone debt crisis. Susana Malcorra, Time, "This Year’s G20 Summit Is a Major Test of International Cooperation in a Trying Time," 28 June 2019 One category of those options would have very limited strikes somewhat analogous to the action that the Trump administration undertook of April of '17 against the Shayrat Airfield in Syria after Syrian use of chemical weapons. CBS News, "Transcript: Bill Burns and Jim Miller talk with Michael Morell on "Intelligence Matters"," 21 June 2019 Yet when evidence subsequently suggested that Bashar Assad’s forces had employed chemical weapons, Obama chose not to retaliate. Andrew J. Bacevich, Twin Cities, "Andrew Bacevich: Trump’s reluctance to bomb foreign countries is a strength, not a sign of weakness," 4 July 2019 Like photos of Syrian children killed by chemical weapons, a harrowing photo of a migrant father and his 23-month-old daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande river has mobilized public concern over U.S. treatment of immigrants and asylum-seekers. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Border crisis, immigration: What we know about child detention centers, deportations, the photo," 26 June 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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