Now that UN inspectors have identified sarin as the chemical agent used in Damascus last month, the world is turning its attention to how best to destroy Syria’s stock of chemical weapons. Here’s a primer:
What is sarin?
Sarin is a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent, the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents. It is a clear, colourless, tasteless and odourless liquid that can easily evaporate into the air.
“I don’t know how they can possibly meet that deadline,” said Brian Finlay, a weapons specialist at the Stimson Center, a defence think tank in Washington, D.C. “There’s just too much involved in destroying this stuff.”
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