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Syria chemical weapons explained

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Obama warns Syria that use of chemical weapons is "totally unacceptable."
As Syria reportedly prepares to deploy its chemical arsenal, here's why these weapons provoke so much outrage.
Syria chemical weapons explained

Syrian deputy premier Qadri Jamil looks during a press conference in Moscow on August 21, 2012, with a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the background. Jamil dismissed as mere election politics US President Barack Obama's implicit threat to launch an attack should the regime deploy its chemical weapons stockpile.

ANDREY SMIRNOV