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Nasiriyah was bombed by the U.S. military in 2003 and in the early 1990s. Open-air burn pits were used at Tallil Air Base beginning in 2003.
Now take a look at these images of infants who were born between August and September of 2016 to parents who had continuously lived in Nasiriyah. The visible birth defects include: anencephaly (A1 and A2 , B), lower limb anomalies (C), hydrocephalus (D), spina bifida (E), and multiple anomalies (F, G, H). Imagine if these tragic birth defects had been caused by a natural disaster or the misdeeds of the next government targeted by the United States for “regime change” — would not the outrage be widespread and thunderous? But these horrors have a different cause.
Depleted uranium (DU) weapons were not just stored in Iraq, but also fired in Iraq. Between 1,000 and 2,000 metric tons of DU was fired in Iraq according to a 2007 report by the U.N. Environment Program. The Pentagon to this day claims the right to use DU. Depleted uranium is permanently hazardous waste from the production of nuclear energy, a source of energy marketed by its lobbyists as environmentally beneficial.
Not only did bringing DU weapons to Iraq amount to putting “Weapons of Mass Destruction” in Iraq in the name of eliminating “Weapons of Mass Destruction,” but using and storing DU in Iraq arguably violated the Convention on the Prohibition of the Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques. The use of DU was also one part of an illegal war, which in its entirety violated both the UN Charter and the Kellogg-Briand Pact. Each element of such a war is illegal. In addition, the use of such weapons violates the Geneva Conventions’ ban on collective punishment, as well as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
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originally posted by: StallionDuck
That may have been twisted a great deal.
Did we use DU in Iraq? Yes
What was the purpose? Anti-Tank
Did we know that the rounds would shed dust when fired? Soldiers didn't know. Can't say top brass did. I don't think they would have knowingly.
The research is likely the aftermath to keep up with the aftereffects. I don't think it's as evil as it's made out to be.
Was it messed up? Yes. It was. A lot of us suffered through it and many are still suffering. It didn't only affect the people in Iraq. It has taken a toll on many of us as well.
Highlights • Uranium is an actinide heavy metal that is chemically toxic and radioactive. • Depleted uranium (DU) has a lower fraction of 235U isotope when compared to natural U. • In vivo and in vitro studies were assessing the influence of DU irradiation. • DU is inducing epigenetic changes in mice and fish. • DU released in the environment is a serious pollutant and toxic to the living organisms.