Daniel Halliday
Nov 23 · Last update 17 days ago.
Who are the forgotten victims of chemical warfare?
The Chemical Weapons Convention has been in force since 1997, and is a treaty ratified by 193 states that bans large-scale use, development, production, stockpiling and transfer of chemical weapons. However chemical weapons appear to have been utilised as recently as the Syrian and Yemeni civil wars, with the victims often overlooked, becoming just another “wartime casualty”. Who are the victims of chemical warfare and can anything else be done to prevent such things from happening in the future?
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100,000 Iranian victims of Saddam Hussein’s nerve gas attacks
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100,000 Iranian victims of Saddam Hussein’s nerve gas attacks

During the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s Iraqi forces under Saddam Hussein broke the Geneva Protocol by utilising chemical weapons against Iranian soldiers and civilians. Iraq openly claimed to have utilised thousands of tons of mustard gas, tabun and sarin during this period. The human effects of such weapons ranged from instant asphyxiation, to a slow agonising death months later, or even to severe health problems lying dormant for up to 40 years.