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    US Army Spcl. Eli Butcher of Charlie Company, from the 1-22 Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, counts 25mm rounds of depleted uranium ammunition, 11 February, 2004, at his base in Tikrit, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad

    Confirmed: US Used Depleted Uranium Shells Against Daesh in Syria

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    The US promised not to deploy depleted uranium munitions after severe community backlash following their use during the 2003 Iraq invasion. On Tuesday, a US official confirmed that armed forces used depleted uranium rounds on at least two occasions while raiding Daesh in 2015.

    Airstrikes intended for oil cargo trucks in Daesh-held areas of Syria featured depleted uranium (DU) weaponry, Foreign Policy reports. The Air Force unleashed more than 5,200 ‘steel-penetrating arrows’ 30 mm rounds from A-10 Thunderbolts on missions that took place November 16 and November 22, 2015, US Central Command spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Airwars and Foreign Policy. Approximately 250 enemy vehicle targets were eliminated during the sortie, Jacques said.

    The use of DU spreads radioactive particles into the air that "inhaled or ingested," causes "disastrous damage" from heavy metal poisoning or internal radiation exposure, according to a study from the University of the Ryukyus in Japan. Contamination to the environment imposed by DU ammo "would remain almost indefinitely," the report said. "The heartbreaking image of Iraqi children suffering from illness caused by DU exposure is a prelude to a tragedy we will encounter in the days ahead," the authors wrote.

    Hundreds of thousands of DU rounds fired into Iraq sparked fury among local communities alleging that the toxic war tactics caused birth defects and cancer, the Chicago Tribune reported. The precise location where DU weapons were used has not been specified by military sources. Jacques only told Foreign Policy and Airwars that the targets were eliminated in the country’s eastern desert.

    In 2015, anti-Daesh coalition spokesman John Moore said, "US and coalition aircraft have not been and will not be using depleted uranium munitions in Iraq or Syria during Operation Inherent Resolve." It remains unclear how the US military can be held accountable for making such promises and then blatantly defying them.


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      not surprising really.
    • avatar
      What a completely worthless nation.
    • avatar
      if you love a country, to use DU is not a good way to express it...
    • Jimbo
      I'm so ashamed of my country. Anybody out there want to adopt me?
    • avatar
      Our four star officers are a disgrace to any uniform. Put them on trial and if convicted of crimes against humanity, hang them in public on the Washington mall. There would be millions there to watch and cheer the preening traitors do a death dance on a rope.
    • avatar
      Depleted Uranium ... on Syrian soil and affects lasting 100,000+ Years ... and when wil these WMD be USED on U$ Soil ???
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      ViTranin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, US .... I take
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      Mitach2002in reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, yes. The U.S.
    • landauroj
      Who is going to pursue a formal comply to the UN and the UNSC about this crimes, that the USA had already executed in Fallujah without anybody lifting a finger? So far Fallujah hospitals are having babies born with horrible defects (face deformities) due to the poison of the depleted uranium in the population. Many times it is justifiable for the USA to kill Iraqis or Syrians because the USA cannot been accused of killing its own citizen and therefore it is not a murderer like Assad. This make me feel I am vomiting strait away to see so many scum of politicians that pollute the USA political life.
    • sukhoi47
      This history is just a COVER!

      Not depleted uranium, but nuclear weapons.
      In 2013 Israel used 4 nuclear bombs against Syria.
      Search for the videos at youtube, they are there.

      Nuclear weapons were also used at 911, Iraq, Afghanistan, in a chinese port and Yemen 2015. The last one very, very clear with videos taken from multiple angles.
    • alkovin reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      ViTran, It's already been done, and what is the armor of the US tanks, you may ask, it is a DU armor and what does it do to your personnel? No, these people are pure evil. The sides do not matter in this case, so long as you pick one... and then you die, slowly, painfully and everything around you... this is pure malice, IMO
    • Jonathan Ferguson
      Humanitarian aggression... Chemical aggression as well!
    • Jonathan Fergusonin reply toMitach2002(Show commentHide comment)
      Mitach2002, Worthless state I'd say, rather than nation. The political class are straight out of the first century Roman empire.
    • Jonathan Fergusonin reply toSteve(Show commentHide comment)
      Steve, Invite some Serbian, Afghan, Iraqi, Syrian people to do the honours; as well as some US veterans too. These are the best people to do this.
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      it looks like some are above laws.....criminal against nature and environment...for the least.
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      ViTranin reply toalkov(Show commentHide comment)
      alkov, Slightly different ... a few in some armor vehicle who volunteered to murder others ... to them who were happy in their lives until these murderers turned up and destroyed their land for Millions for Generations to come !
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