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As Syria Crisis Mounts, Scientist Looks Back at Last Major Chemical Attack

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Science  06 Sep 2013:
Vol. 341, Issue 6150, pp. 1051
DOI: 10.1126/science.341.6150.1051

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Summary

Dirk Dons was a 20-something toxicologist working in Belgium when Iraq government forces unleashed chemical weapons against a Kurdish village in 1988, killing at least 3200 people. He accompanied a Doctors Without Borders team that investigated the incident, collecting samples and conducting interviews. He describes what he saw and learned there.