The Human Cost Of A Century Of Chemical Warfare

Chemical weapons have given people nightmares for the past 100 years — those who are lucky enough to survive them, that is.

Chemical Weapons Iranian Soldier

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Chemical weapons hold an especially dark place in the history of warfare. Bullets, bombs, and landmines all have their own terrors, but there’s nothing quite like an invisible cloud of death to spread panic and disrupt soldiers’ discipline. In a serious chemical attack, the air itself becomes hostile to life, and unseen poison seeps through every gap and crack to silently kill unprotected people.

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