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Syria and weapons of mass destruction

Syria and weapons of mass destruction deals with the research, manufacture, stockpiling and alleged use by Syria of weapons of mass destruction, which include chemical and nuclear weapons. On 14 September 2013, the United States and Russia announ ...

South Africa and weapons of mass destruction

From the 1960s to the 1990s, South Africa pursued research into weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons. Six nuclear weapons were assembled. Before the anticipated changeover to a majority-elected African ...

Assault rifle

An assault rifle is a selective-fire rifle that uses an intermediate cartridge and a detachable magazine. Assault rifles were first put into mass production and accepted into widespread service during World War II. Though Western nations were slo ...

Angon

The angon was a type of javelin used during the Early Middle Ages by the Franks and other Germanic peoples, including the Anglo-Saxons. It was similar to, and probably derived from, the pilum used by the Roman army and had a barbed head and long ...

Barong (sword)

The barong is a thick, leaf-shaped, single-edged blade sword. It is a weapon used by Muslim Filipino ethnolinguistic groups like the Tausug, Sama-Bajau, or Yakan in the Southern Philippines.

Crossbow bolt

A quarrel or bolt is the arrow used in a crossbow. The name "quarrel" is derived from the French word carre, meaning square, referring to their typically square heads. Although their lengths vary, bolts are typically shorter than traditional arrows.

Bhuj (weapon)

The Bhuj is a type of knife or dagger from Sindh and Gujarat. It is commonly called an axe-knife, because the blade is fixed onto an axe-like haft. The weapon takes its name from the city of Bhuj in the Kachchh district of the state of Gujarat, w ...

Harpax

The harpax or harpago was a Roman catapult-shot grapnel created by Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa for use against Sextus Pompey during the naval battles of the Sicilian revolt. The harpax allowed an enemy vessel to be harpooned and then winched alongsi ...

Dagger-axe

The dagger-axe or ge is a type of pole weapon that was in use from the Shang dynasty until the Han dynasty in China. It consists of a dagger-shaped blade, mounted by its tang to a perpendicular wooden shaft. The earliest dagger-axe blades were ma ...

Dolphin (weapon)

A dolphin was an ancient naval weapon carried by Greek galleys. Essentially a weaponized anchor, the dolphin was a shaped heavy weight which would be flung or dropped onto an enemy boat to attempt to breach the hull.

A jō is an approximately 1.27-metre wooden staff, used in some Japanese martial arts. The martial art of wielding the jō is called jōjutsu or jōdō. Also, aiki-jō is a set of techniques in aikido which uses the jō to illustrate aikidos principles ...

Shiv (weapon)

Shiv, also chiv, schiv and shivvie, is a homemade knife-like weapon, especially one fashioned in prison. The word is almost certainly evolved from 17th-century "chive". The related verb shiv means "to stab someone", a shivver being a criminal who ...

Carbine

A carbine, from French carabine, is a long gun firearm but with a shorter barrel than a standard rifle or musket. Many carbines are shortened versions of full-length rifles, shooting the same ammunition, while others fire lower-powered ammunition ...

Qassam rocket

The Qassam rocket is a simple, steel artillery rocket developed and deployed by the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military arm of Hamas. These rockets cannot be fired to target specific military objectives in or near civilian areas, and are ...

Katar (dagger)

The katar or katara is a type of push dagger from the Indian subcontinent. The weapon is characterized by its H-shaped horizontal hand grip which results in the blade sitting above the users knuckles. Unique to the Indian subcontinent, it is the ...

War scythe

A war scythe or military scythe is a form of pole weapon with a curving single-edged blade with the cutting edge on the concave side of the blade. Its blade bears some superficial resemblance to that of an agricultural scythe from which it likely ...

Khanda (sword)

The khanda is a double-edge straight sword originating from the Indian subcontinent. It is often featured in religious iconography, theatre and art depicting the ancient history of India. It is a common weapon in Indian martial arts. Khanda often ...

Limbo (weapon)

Limbo, or Anti Submarine Mortar Mark 10, was the final British development of a forward-throwing anti-submarine weapon originally designed during the Second World War. Limbo, a three-barreled mortar similar to the earlier Squid which it supersede ...

Bow and arrow

The bow and arrow is a ranged weapon system consisting of an elastic launching device and long-shafted projectiles. Archery is the art, practice, or skill of using bows to shoot arrows. A person who shoots arrows with a bow is called a bowman or ...

Misericorde (weapon)

A misericorde was a long, narrow knife, used from the High Middle Ages to deliver the death stroke to a seriously wounded knight. The blade was thin enough to strike through the gaps between armour plates. This weapon was used to dispatch knights ...

Mambele

A mambele is a form of hybrid knife/axe in mid- to southern Africa, but was originally a curved throwing dagger used by the Mangbetu. It consists of an iron blade with a curved back section and rearward spike. It can be used in close combat as a ...

Volley gun

A volley gun is a gun with several barrels for firing a number of shots, either simultaneously or in succession. They differ from modern machine guns in that they lack automatic loading and automatic fire and are limited by the number of barrels ...

Osa (handgun)

OSA is a family of Russian non-lethal pistols that can be also used as flare gun, flashbang gun or starting pistol. The system consists of the gun, and various ammunition types. OSA was developed in the 1990s by engineer-constructor and weapon de ...

Ball and shot gun

The ball and shot gun, often also known by the marketing name paradox gun, is a shotgun capable of firing both shot and solid projectiles. First built by Holland and Holland, the term paradox is a proprietary name applied to these guns by Holland ...

Glassing

Glassing is a physical attack using a glass or bottle as a weapon. Glassings can occur at bars or pubs where alcohol is served and such items are readily available. The most common method of glassing involves the attacker smashing an intact glass ...

Sai (weapon)

The sai is a traditional melee weapon used in Okinawa. The basic form of the weapon is that of a blunted, prong shaped metal baton, with two curved prongs projecting from the handle. There are many different types of sai with varying prongs for t ...

Sica

The sica was a short sword or large dagger of ancient Thracians, Dacians and Illyrians, used in Ancient Rome too, originating in the Halstatt culture. It was originally depicted as a curved sword and many examples have been found in what are toda ...

Gast gun

The Gast Gun was a German twin barrelled machine gun that was developed by Karl Gast of Vorwerk und Companie of Barmen and used during the First World War. Its unique operating system produced a very high rate of fire of 1.600 rounds per minute. ...

Scorpio (weapon)

The scorpio or scorpion was a type of Roman torsion siege engine and field artillery piece. It was described in detail by the early-imperial Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius in the 1st century BC and by the 4th century AD officer and histor ...

Tabuk Sniper Rifle

The Tabuk Sniper Rifle is an Iraqi Semi-automatic designated marksmans rifle, made from a modified version of the Zastava M70 assault rifle, itself a variant of the AKM. The Tabuk Rifle, like all the AKM and Dragunov SVD derivatives made in Iraq, ...

Ji (polearm)

The ji was a Chinese polearm, translated into English as halberd, used in one form or another for over 3000 years, from at least as early as the Zhou dynasty until the end of the Qing dynasty. They are still used for training purposes in many Chi ...

Chakram

The chakram is a throwing weapon from the Indian subcontinent. It is circular with a sharpened outer edge and a diameter of 12–30 centimetres. It is also known as chalikar meaning "circle", and was sometimes referred to in English writings as a " ...

Shashka

The shashka or shasqua, is a kind of sabre; single-edged, single-handed, and guardless backsword. In appearance, the shashka is midway between a typically curved sabre and a straight sword. It has a slightly curved blade, and can be effective for ...

Hilt

The hilt of a knife, dagger, sword, or bayonet is its handle, consisting of a guard, grip and pommel. The guard may contain a crossguard or quillons. A tassel or sword knot may be attached to the guard or pommel.

Yawara

The yawara is a Japanese weapon used in various martial arts. The Yawara originated from the use of Kongou, a Buddhist symbolic object, by monks in Feudal Japan. The Yawara takes the form of one or two small, thick sticks that protrude about an i ...

Yari

Yari is the term for one of the traditionally made Japanese blades in the form of a spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. The martial art of wielding the yari is called sōjutsu.

God's Army (revolutionary group)

Gods Army was an armed revolutionary Christian insurgent group that opposed the then military junta of Myanmar. The group was an offshoot of the Karen National Union. They were based along the Thailand-Burma border, and conducted a string of auda ...

Army of God (United States)

Army of God is a Christian terrorist organization that has engaged in the use of anti-abortion violence in the United States to fight against abortion. According to the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Securitys joint Terrorism Kn ...

Army of God

In worldview and social life: Army of God United States, a Christian anti-abortion organization in the United States The biblical heavenly host Militia Christi of Western, Roman Catholic world In art and literature: Army of God, which fought agai ...

National Liberation Army

National Liberation Army is the name of: National Liberation Army Algeria Armee de Liberation Nationale, a liberation movement in the Algerian War of Independence Kosovo Liberation Army, also known as the National Liberation Army of Kosovo Nation ...

Ñancahuazu Guerrilla

The Ñancahuazu Guerrilla or Ejercito de Liberacion Nacional de Bolivia was a group of mainly Bolivian and Cuban guerrillas led by the guerrilla leader Che Guevara which was active in the Cordillera Province of Bolivia from 1966 to 1967. The group ...

National Liberation Army (Colombia)

The National Liberation Army is a revolutionary left-wing armed group involved in the continuing Colombian conflict, which has existed in Colombia since 1964. The ELN advocate a composite communist ideology of Marxism and liberation theology. In ...

National Liberation Army (Macedonia)

The National Liberation Army, also known as the Macedonian UÇK, was a militant organization that operated in North Macedonia in 2001 and was closely associated with the Kosovo Liberation Army. Following the 2001 Macedonian War, it was likely disa ...

National Liberation Army (Peru)

The National Liberation Army was a Peruvian guerrilla group. It sought to gather militants regardless of their political affiliation. A short-lived movement that was formed in 1962 and carried out numerous small skirmishes and actions culminating ...

Caprivi Liberation Army

Caprivi Liberation Army is a Namibian rebel and separatist group which was established in 1994 to separate the Caprivi Strip, a region mainly inhabited by the Lozi people. It operates only in the Caprivi strip.

Kosovo Liberation Army

The Kosovo Liberation Army was an ethnic-Albanian separatist militia that sought the separation of Kosovo from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and Serbia during the 1990s and the eventual creation of Greater Albania due to the presence of a va ...

Palestine Liberation Army

The Palestine Liberation Army is ostensibly the military wing of the Palestine Liberation Organization, set up at the 1964 Arab League summit held in Alexandria, Egypt, with the mission of fighting Israel. However, it has never been under effecti ...

Liberation Army of Presevo, Medveda and Bujanovac

The Liberation Army of Presevo, Medveda and Bujanovac was an Albanian militant group fighting for separation from the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for three municipalities: Presevo, Bujanovac, and Medveda, home to most of the Albanians in south ...

Army for the Liberation of Rwanda

The Army for the Liberation of Rwanda was a rebel group largely composed of members of the Interahamwe and Armed Forces of Rwanda that carried out the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Operating mostly in the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of th ...

Liberation Army of Chameria

Liberation Army of Chameria is a reported paramilitary formation in the northwestern Greek region of Epirus. The organisation is reportedly linked to the Kosovo Liberation Army and the National Liberation Army, both ethnic Albanian paramilitary o ...