Kathakali has been a journalist for a decade and a half, working previously with The Telegraph and Times of India. An MA in political science and a Chevening Fellow, she writes on various themes--the business of sports, pop culture, startups, innovation--and co-produces the video series, From the Field. She is also part of the desk, editing, rewriting and putting the print edition to bed. Kathakali is a sports nut and collects autographs as a hobby. She enjoys travelling and music, and you'll often find her humming completely out of tune.
World War I Fought between 1914 and 1919, it saw about 90,000 deaths from the extensive use of chlorine, mustard gas, phosgene, etc. Perhaps its horrific consequences prevented usage in World War II, but nations continued to develop and stockpile them.
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Vietnam War Between 1962 and 1971, the US sprayed 13 million gallons of Agent Orange, a herbicide, over Vietnam to defoliate the area. It triggered health conditions, like cancers and birth defects that affected not just the Vietnamese but also war veterans for generations.
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Iran-Iraq War Iraq used lethal agents during the eight-year conflict that began in 1980. A CIA report says about 50,000 Iranians were maimed or killed. But it conducted the worst attack on its city Halabja in 1988, killing 5,000 Kurds considered unfriendly to the Saddam Hussein regime.
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Tokyo subway attack I A series of attacks took place in the Tokyo subway on March 20, 1995. Five members of Aum Shinrikyo, a doomsday cult, boarded trains on separate lines and punctured bags filled with liquid sarin, killing 13 and injuring over 5,000.
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Syrian attack In August 2013, in what was the worst case of chemical attack in 25 years, the Syrian government led by Assad launched rockets over the rebel-held areas in Damascus that released sarin, killing hundreds.