US used depleted uranium ‘widely’ against Iraqi civilians: Investigative journalist

US used depleted uranium ‘widely’ against Iraqi civilians: Investigative journalist

Sat Jun 21, 2014 5:52PM GMT

The use of depleted uranium (DU) weapons by the US military during the war in Iraq “was extremely popular” as it was “widely” used against civilians in that country, an author and investigative journalist in Philadelphia says.

Depleted uranium “was an extremely popular ammunition for the US [and] to a smaller extent to the Brits,” said David Lindorff, who’s done a lot of writing about the use of depleted uranium by the US military.

“It was used widely in Fallujah we know and there are consequences now with high birth defect rates and still births and so on also in Basrah,” Lindorff told Press TV on Saturday.

“The US has never acknowledged using this stuff in civilian areas” although it was “massively used,” he noted.

Lindorff warned that the US military is likely to use depleted uranium again in Iraq if it decides to strike al-Qaeda-linked militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

A report by the Dutch peace organization PAX, which was released this week, shows US jets and tanks fired depleted uranium in or near populated areas of Iraq including As Samawah, Nasiriyah, and Basrah during the US-led war in the country.

PAX obtained the information through a request under freedom of information law from the Dutch Ministry of Defense which obtained last year the GPS coordinates of depleted uranium rounds fired by US forces along with a list of targets and the numbers fired because it was concerned about areas in which its troops were stationed in Iraq.

The US spread in excess of 400 metric tons of depleted uranium across Iraq. A report issued by PAX last year said, with over 300 sites in Iraq already contaminated by the toxic material, depleted uranium clean-up is estimated to cost the Middle Eastern nation a minimum of $30 million.

Many people in Iraq are still suffering from the effects of the US military’s use of depleted uranium. Cancer is now more common than the flu in Najaf, according to Sundus Nsaif, a local doctor.

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