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DEPLETED URANIUM MUNITIONS - A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION
Filed March 30, 2003 by IraqJournal editors

BAGHDAD-According to The Sunday Herald of Scotland, in an article dated March 30, 2003, "British and American coalition forces are using depleted uranium (DU) shells in the war against Iraq and deliberately flouting a United Nations resolution which classifies the munitions as illegal weapons of mass destruction." Depleted Uranium was also used extensively in the Gulf War of 1991 and in Serbia and Kosovo in 1999. In order to better understand this material and its effects on military personnel and civilians, we have assembled this list of links to information and resources:

M919 Cartridge 25mm, Armor Piercing, Fin Stabilized, Discarding Sabot, with Tracer (APFSDS-T).

The Human Cost of Depleted Uranium from "The Chugoko Shimbun - Hiroshima, Japan"

Discounted Casulaties a book by Japanese Journalist Akira Tashiro.

Metal of Dishonor book compiled by the Depleted Uranium Education Project of the International Action Center.

Global Association for Banning Depleted Uranium Weapons

Military Toxics Project

World Health Organization's DU Fact Sheet - revised January 2003.

International Atomic Energy Agency's Page on DU

Federation of American Scientists' DU Page

DU Link page of the National Gulf War Resource Center, an organization for US veteran's of the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

Citizen Soldier DU page or click here for their brochure as a pdf file.

International Depleted Uranium Study Team website which includes links to numerous documents from last year's "Conference on the Effects of the Use of Depleted Uranium Weaponry on Human and Environment in Iraq" held in Baghdad, and attended by IDUST's Executive Director, Damacio Lopez.





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Jeremy Scahill is an independent journalist, who reports for the nationally syndicated Radio and TV show Democracy Now! He is currently based in Baghdad, Iraq, where he and filmmaker Jacquie Soohen are coordinating Iraqjournal.org, the only website providing regular independent reporting from the ground in Baghdad.


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