10 Years After Invasion, US Depleted Uranium Continues to Devastate IraqSubmitted by Bob-45 on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 01:11
US persistent refusal to release data hampering efforts to eradicate contamination
- Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer
A radioactive heavy metal found in weapons used by the U.S. military and other forces in the war on Iraq continues to plague the country as hundreds of sites are still contaminated and causing the spread of the radioactive substance, according to a new report by Netherlands peace group IKV Pax Christi.
Air strikes in Baghdad, March 21, 2003 (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) Tens years after the invasion, the U.S. has done almost nothing to clean up the toxic legacy of the war and continues to deny the well-documented harms caused by the radioactive residue that remains.
The particular danger posed by depleted uranium (DU)—used in munitions to penetrate hard surfaces such as armored vehicles—was well know prior to the 2003 start of the war. Despite this and ignoring warnings against the continued use of DU munitions, the findings of the report show that both the U.S. and the U.K. used such weapons far more expansively in Iraq—targeting ordinary vehicles and buildings in highly populated civilian areas.