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U.S. Chemical Weapons
The U.S. has been systemically destroying its chemical weapons since the 1970s, but the job of eliminating nerve gas and other agents will take another decade because of the hazards of the disposal process, U.S. officials and weapons experts said. "Safety is overengineered into these things and that takes time," said Greg Mahall of the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity, which has oversight over U.S. stores of chemical weapons and for the majority of the destruction of chemical weapons. The U.S. used chemical weapons against German forces during World War I, and made the Chemical Warfare Service a permanent part of the Army in 1920.
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