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September 17, 2004

Uranium Munitions Are Weapons of Mass Destruction - Use Is A War Crime: Experts

The US and their allies in the war against Iraq have used thousands of tons of radioactive 'depleted' uranium in munitions and missiles, endangering the lives of both civilians and US troops, and leaving a legacy of contamination on the ground that certainly classifies them as illegal weapons of mass destruction, charge international experts.

Cancer, respiratory diseases and horrible birth defects have been widespread in Iraq even after Gulf War I and are bound to increase. While officially, only 467 soldiers were wounded during the first Gulf War, according to Terry Jemison at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), of the more than 592,560 discharged personnel who served there, at least 179,310 - one third - are receiving disability compensation and over 24,760 additional cases were pending as of September 2004.

The Western press is largely mum about depleted uranium and the genocidal effects of its use in warfare, with a only few notable exceptions, many linked and quoted in an earlier article on this site. The experts' views have now been pulled together in a recent article by Shaheen Chughtai, published on Al Jazeera's website.

This is one of the big health issues of our times, quite apart from justifications or their lack - for a war against the sovereign nation of Iraq. We need to open our eyes to the evidence and our hearts to the suffering - before it is too late to find a remedy.

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Washington's secret nuclear war
By Shaheen Chughtai

Tuesday 14 September 2004

Illegal weapons of mass destruction have not only been found in Iraq but have been used against Iraqis and have even killed US troops.

But Washington and its allies have tried to cover up this outrage because the chief culprit is the US itself, argue American and other experts trying to expose what they say is a war crime.

The WMD in question is depleted uranium (DU). A radioactive by-product of uranium enrichment, DU is used to coat ammunition such as tank shells and "bunker busting" missiles because its density makes it ideal for piercing armour.

Thousands of DU shells and bombs have been used in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and - both during the 1990-91 Gulf war and the ongoing conflict - in Iraq.

"They're using it now, they're using it in Falluja, Baghdad is chock-a-block with DU - it's all over the place," says Major Doug Rokke, director of the US army's DU project in 1994-95.

Scientists say even a tiny particle can have disastrous results once ingested, including various cancers and degenerative diseases, paralysis, birth deformities and death.

And as tiny DU particles are blown across the Middle East and beyond like a radioactive poison gas, the long-term implications for the world are deeply disturbing.

DU has a "half-life" of 4.5 billion years, meaning it takes that long for just half of its atoms to decay.

Sick soldiers

Only 467 US soldiers were officially wounded during the 1990-91 Gulf war.

But according to Terry Jemison at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), of the more than 592,560 discharged personnel who served there, at least 179,310 - one third - are receiving disability compensation and over 24,760 cases were pending by in September 2004.

This does not include personnel still active and receiving care from the military, or those who have died.

And among 168,528 veterans of the current conflict in Iraq who have left active duty, 16% (27,571) had already sought treatment from the VA by July 2004.

"That's astronomical," says Rokke, whose team studied how to provide medical care for victims, how to clean contaminated sites, and how to train those using DU weapons. Rokke admits the exact cause for these casualties cannot be confirmed. But he insists the evidence pointing to DU is compelling. "There were no chemical or biological weapons there, no big oil well fires," he says. "So what's left?"

Cradle to grave

Dr Jenan Ali, a senior Iraqi doctor at Basra hospital's College of Medicine, says her studies show a 100% rise in child leukaemia in the region in the decade after the first Gulf war, with a 242% increase in all types of malignancies.

The director of the Afghan DU and Recovery Fund, Dr Daud Miraki, says his field researchers found evidence of DU's effect on civilians in eastern and southeastern Afghanistan in 2003 although local conditions make rigorous statistical analysis difficult.

"Many children are born with no eyes, no limbs, or tumours protruding from their mouths and eyes," Miraki told Some newborns are barely recognisable as human, he says. Many do not survive.

Afghan and Iraqi children continue to play amid radioactive debris. But the US army will not even label contaminated equipment or sites because doing so would be an admission that DU is hazardous.

This "deceitful failure", says Rokke, contradicts the US army's own rules, such as regulation AR 700-48, which stipulates its responsibilities to isolate, label and decontaminate radioactive equipment and sites as well as to render prompt and effective medical care for all exposed individuals.

"This is a war crime," Rokke says. "The president is obliged to ensure the army complies with these regulations but they're deliberately violating the law. It's that simple."

No remedy

But these blatant violations are practically irrelevant because Rokke's Iraq mission found that DU cannot be cleaned up and there is no known medical remedy.

US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair used Saddam Hussein's alleged possession of illegal weapons to justify invading Iraq. But several prominent jurists hold Bush and Blair guilty of war crimes for waging DU warfare.

The vice-president of the Indian Lawyers Association, Niloufer Bhagwat, sat on an international panel of judges for the unofficial International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan.

Bhagwat and her fellow judges ruled that the US had used "weapons of extermination of present and future generations, genocidal in properties".

Friendly fire

And not just against defenceless Afghan civilians.

"Bush was guilty of knowingly using DU weaponry against his own troops," Bhagwat told, "because the president knew the effects of DU could not be controlled".

A prominent US international human-rights lawyer, Karen Parker, says there are four rules derived from humanitarian laws and conventions regarding weapons:

* weapons may only be used against legal enemy military targets and must not have an adverse effect elsewhere (the territorial rule)

* weapons can only be used for the duration of an armed conflict and must not be used or continue to act afterwards (the temporal rule)

* weapons may not be unduly inhumane (the "humaneness" rule). The Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 speak of "unnecessary suffering" and "superfluous injury" in this regard

* weapons may not have an unduly negative effect on the natural environment (the "environmental" rule).

Illegal weapons

"DU weaponry fails all four tests," Parker told First, DU cannot be limited to legal military targets. Second, it cannot be "turned off" when the war is over but keeps killing.

Third, DU can kill through painful conditions such as cancers and organ damage and can also cause birth defects such as facial deformities and missing limbs.

Lastly, DU cannot be used without unduly damaging the natural environment.

"In my view, use of DU weaponry violates the grave breach provisions of the Geneva Conventions," says Parker. "And so its use constitutes a war crime, or crime against humanity."

Parker and others took the DU issue before the UN in 1995, and in 1996, the UN Human Rights Commission described DU munitions as weapons of mass destruction that should be banned.


Despite the evidence, Rokke says Pentagon and Energy Department officials have campaigned against him and others trying to expose the horrors of DU.

That charge is echoed by Leuren Moret, a geoscientist who has worked at the Lawrence Berkeley and Lawrence Livermore nuclear weapons research laboratories in California.

White House denials are part of a long-standing cover-up policy that has been exposed before, she says.

"For example, the US denied using DU bombs and missiles against Yugoslavia in 1999," she told "But scientists in Yugoslavia, Greece and Bulgaria measured elevated levels of gamma radiation in the first three days of grid and carpet bombing by the US."

Moret said: "A missile landed in Bulgaria that didn't explode and scientists identified a DU warhead. Then, Lord [George] Robertson, the head of NATO, admitted in public that DU had been used."

Even the US army expressed concern about the use of DU in July 1990, some six months before the outbreak of the first Gulf war. Those concerns were later echoed by Iraqi officials.


But brushing his own army's report aside - now said to be "outdated" - US President George Bush has dismissed such warnings as "propaganda".

"In recent years, the Iraqi regime made false claim that the depleted uranium rounds fired by coalition forces have caused cancers and birth defects in Iraq," says Bush on his White House website.

"But scientists working for the World Health Organisation, the UN Environmental Programme and the European Union could find no health effects linked to exposure to depleted uranium," he said.

Bush can point to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report in 2001 that said there was no significant risk of inhaling radioactive particles where DU weapons had been used.

It said the level of radiation associated with DU debris was not particularly hazardous, but it accepted that high exposure could pose a health risk.

Scientific studies

WHO also commissioned a scientific study shortly before the 2003 invasion of Iraq that warned of the dangers of US and British use of DU - but refused to publish its findings.

The study's main author, Dr Keith Baverstock, told that "the report was deliberately suppressed" because WHO was pressed by a more powerful, pro-nuclear UN body - the International Atomic Energy Agency. WHO has rejected his claims as "totally unfounded".

"[WHO's] report was deliberately suppressed", says Dr Keith Baverstock, co-author of WHO report on DU. The study found DU particles were likely to be blown around and inhaled by Iraqi civilians for years to come. Once inside a human body, the radioactive particles can trigger the growth of malignant tumours.

Bush's claim that the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) gives DU pollution a clean bill of health is also disingenuous.

UNEP experts have yet to be allowed into Iraq, its spokesman in Geneva Michael Williams told, citing security concerns.

And a scientific body set up in 1997 by Green EU parliamentarians - the European Committee on Radiation Risk (ECRR) - found that DU posed serious health risks.

An eminent Canadian scientist involved with the ECRR, Dr Rosalie Bertell, says the deadliness of DU derived not just from its radioactivity but from the durability of particles formed in the 3000-6000C heat produced when a DU weapon is fired.

"The particles produced are like ceramic: not soluble in body fluid, non-biodegradable and highly toxic," she told "They tend to concentrate in the lymph nodes, which is the source of lymphomas and leukaemia".

Known killer

The US military and political establishment cannot plead ignorance. As early as October 1943, Manhattan Project scientists Arthur Compton, James Connant and Harold Urey sent a memo to their director, General Leslie Groves, saying DU could be used to create a "radioactive gas".

In 1961, two nuclear experts, Briton HE Huxley and American Geoffrey Zubay, informed the scientific community that DU targeted human DNA and "the Master Code, which controls the expression of DNA", Moret said.

In September 2000, Dr Asaf Durakovic, professor of nuclear medicine at Washington's Georgetown University, told a Paris conference of prominent scientists that "tens of thousands" of US and UK troops were dying of DU.

Death sentence

"There has to be a moratorium on the manufacture, sales, use and storage of DU," geoscientist Moret says, warning that this will not happen unless more Americans realise what is happening.

The Middle East has been severely contaminated, warns Moret. "That region is radioactive forever," she says, but worse is yet to come.

Moret says the air carrying DU particles takes about a year to mix with the rest of the earth's atmosphere.

The radiation released by DU nuclear warfare is believed to be more than 10 times the amount dispersed by atmospheric testing.

As a result, DU particles have engulfed the world in a radioactive poison gas that promises illness and death for millions.

Rokke went to Iraq a fit and healthy soldier, but the major is now beset with a variety of illnesses and each day is a struggle.

He suffers from respiratory problems and cataracts while his teeth - weakened by DU radiation - are crumbling. At least 20 of the 100 primary personnel he worked with on the US army's DU project have died. Most of the rest are ill.

Meanwhile, WHO says cancer rates worldwide are set to rise by 50% by 2020, although it does not link this publicly to DU.

"They would never say that - they offered various strange explanations," said Moret. "But DU is the key factor. People will slowly die."

Update February 2005: Be sure to read this article by Bob Nichols, Project Censored Award Winner.
US Military, President Out of Control -- What Does "Mildly Radioactive" Mean, Anyway?

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Uranium Weapons Cover-ups in Our Midst

Responsible authorities are liable under a wide range of international law beyond humanitarian law. They contaminate battlefields with military uranium and endanger health of civilians and combatants. The findings of research into the health effects of DU and other weaponry containing radiation but not causing nuclear fission or fusion explosions (which as a whole are referred to as radiological weaponry in this brief) are indisputable. Even a cursory review of humanitarian law supports the conclusion that uranium weaponry of any type is so patently illegal that the discussion should really focus on bringing to justice those who have used it and redirecting action towards the victims of these weapons.

Pentagon Fails To List 17,000 Casualties From Iraq, Afghanistan

CBC Canada - Silver Bullet: Depleted Uranium
Depleted uranium is the super weapon of the '90s; used in the Gulf War and the conflict in Kosovo. But now Canadian troops, soldiers and peacekeepers alike, may be exposed to depleted uranium with its potential danger. Now this threat wasn't one raised by a hostile enemy, but by the arms used by the United States and other NATO allies. They defeated the toughest armoured vehicles with the use of depleted uranium. It packed a knockout punch, but what soldiers often didn't know was that depleted uranium poses a threat to victor as well as vanquished.

High Uranium Levels Found in Troops and Civilians


Depleted uranium: Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets

Depleted Uranium: America's Silent Weapon of Mass Destruction

Soaring birth deformities and child cancer rates in Iraq
By James Cogan - 10 May 2005
Iraqi doctors are making renewed efforts to bring to the world's attention the growth in birth deformities and cancer rates among the country's children. The medical crisis is being directly blamed on the widespread use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions by the US and British forces in southern Iraq during the 1991 Gulf War, and the even greater use of DU during the 2003 invasion.

The United States has engaged the world in Nuclear War
The Nuclear War Postcard:
"Nuclear war is not solely a mushroom cloud. In the age of nuclear and biological warfare, the United States has redefined the concept of "conventional war." The United States has engaged the world since 1991 in conventional nuclear warfare initiating the use of radioactive ammunition with a 4.5 billion year half life. The results are worse than Chernobyl."

Bioweapons - The US government's Nuremburg Crime
A criminal biological weapons programme that is a threat to the entire planet!

Depleted Uranium: A War Crime Within a War Crime
"Forget about oil, occupation, terrorism or even Al-Qaeda. The real hazard for Iraqis these days is cancer. Cancer is spreading like wildfire in Iraq. Thousands of infants are being born with deformities. Doctors say they are struggling to cope with the rise of cancer and birth defects, especially in cities subjected to heavy American and British bombardment."


posted by Sepp Hasslberger on Friday September 17 2004
updated on Sunday November 21 2010

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Readers' Comments

If this is true, and no doubt it is, the United States is destroying the quality of life for everyone on the planet.
What is gained by such irresponsible behavior?

Posted by: chartoo on September 18, 2004 05:46 AM


A clarifying comment received by email from Lindsay Mc Lean:

Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005
To: sepp
From: LIndsay Mc Lean
Subject: DU munitions

The use of Depleted Uranium penetrators is being considered a violation of the Hague Conventions, not the Geneva Accords. It is therefore not considered a war crime by international law.

The Hague Conventions limit or ban the use of weapons considered "unsporting", using "excessive force", or being "unnecessarily cruel" in war. These include expanding ("dum-dum" or "hollow point") or explosive small-arm bullets (Convention of 1897 and the St.Petersburg Declaration of 1867 respectively), incendiary devices like flamethrowers and phosphorus or napalm munitions (Convention of 1971), defoliants like Agent Orange (Convention of 1967?), and poison gas and neurotoxins (Convention of 1925).

Land mines, large-bore sniper rifles, shotguns, and specialized munitions like Depleted Uranium penetrators and "Squash Head" tamped plastique demolition shells are a provisional violation because not enough support has been raised to actually ban them under the Conventions. Although several informal petitions have been circulated and declarations have been made by individual governments, the Court of the Hague hasn't ruled that these devices are banned, nor have they set parameters to limit their use.

Another difficulty is that, like the Geneva Accords, non-signatories are not bound by its dictums (e.g., Imperial Japan's repudiation of the Geneva Accords during World War II) and even signatories may disregard part or all of the rulings if they so choose (e.g. Italy's use of poison gas in Ethiopia in the 1930s). It is mostly followed out of a combination of courtesy and a desire to limit the escalation and "brutality" of a war. Combatant nations limit or ban the use of certain weapons in hopes that the enemy will do likewise.

A legal question is also raised by the "franc-tirer" clause (Declaration of 1871) in the Geneva Accords. This was created to deal with the status of irregular civilian combatants. During the Franco-Prussian War, irregular bands of French civilian snipers, arsonists, bombers, and saboteurs fought on after the surrender of the French army at Sedan, inviting reprisals by the Prussian forces (like execution, torture and unreasonable searches of private property) that were declared illegal by the French postwar government. The Court of the Hague ruled that non-combatants who take up arms are considered combatants. It also states (in previous articles of the Accords) that combatants must wear a "uniform" to identify themselves as combatants. Though it may be something as trivial as "field signs" (armband, sash, scarf or ascot, distinctive helmet or cap, wearing outfits or pieces of clothing of a certain color, etc.), a symbol marking the wearer as distinct and hostile must be worn (like the green headbands and white T-shirts worn by the Shiite rebels in Sadr City). Those who do not are considered in violation of the Accords and can receive no protection from them (much like spies and saboteurs).

The terrorists and fedayeen (Iraqi civilian commando cells) are in violation of international law by not wearing uniforms or field signs and are therefore not protected by the Geneva Accords. They also have repudiated the Geneva Accords by their actions and statements to the media (the mistreatment, torture, mutilation and murder of prisoners and the encouragement of their allied organizations to do the same). If the terrorists and fedayeen were in uniform or wore field signs while fighting their guerrilla war and treated their captives with even a modicum of comfort and decency, as terrorist organizations did in Lebannon and Palestine, they would be legally entitled to the protection of the Geneva Accords.

Pre-9/11 there was a move by many NATO member countries to deny terrorists protection under the Hague Conventions. Examples would be the use of "hollow point" and "safety slug" expanding bullets against hijackers and hostage takers to save innocent lives or the use of chemical agents against entrenched and well-armed militants in fortified buildings to prevent a costly and bloody firefight (as was recently done so incompetently in Checnya). There is no declaration that officially gives combatant nations the right to deny even terrorists their Hague Convention rights.

Posted by: Sepp on August 27, 2005 01:23 AM


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