Timeline: A history of sarin

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:01:00 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 16 2013 10:24:47 AM CDT

A United Nations report due out Monday is expected to say say the perpetrators of last month's chemical weapons attack in Syria had up to 350 liters of sarin gas Look back at the history of sarin, a man-made nerve agent.

March 1988: Poison gases strike Halabja, Iraq
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On "Bloody Friday" in March 1988, the Iraqi air force attacks the northern Iraq town of Halabja with poison gases that were thought to include sarin, VX and other deadly compounds. Reports indicate that 5,000 people die in the attack. Countless others suffer eyesight loss, respiratory ailments and cancers.

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