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Depleted Uranium Radioactive Contamination grows worse

by Prof Souad N. Al-Azzawi, Global Research Columnist

Depleted Uranium (DU) weaponry has been used against Iraq since the Gulf War 1 in 1991. Estimated (DU) expenditure of 320 – 800 tons wereshot on the withdrawing Iraqi troops from Kuwait to the north of Basrah City. The use of (DU) ammunition and bombs on Iraqi territory has continued since 1991.

Different generations of (DU) supported Tomahawk missiles & Bunker Buster Bombs have been used during the 90’s on what were known as the “No Fly Zones” (Northern & Southern regions of Iraq), and the 1998 attack on Iraq.

With the comprehensive sanctions that were imposed on Iraq, the USA & its allies purposely used these radioactive & toxic weapons to exhaust Iraq’s strength & population to prepare for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Hundreds of tons of (DU) expenditure were also used during the invasion of Iraq. This was done to worsen the radioactive contamination impact.

The occupying forces have forbade any kind of (DU) related formal research programs. They have also covered up and denied DU’s damaging health effects, and refused to release information on the amounts, types and locations of these weapons within Iraq. As a consequence, thousands of Iraqi children and their families are suffering from different low level radiation (LLR) related diseases such as congenital malformations, malignancies, congenital heart diseases, chromosomal aberration and multiple malformations. Women in the contaminated areas suffered high rates of miscarriages and sterility.

Pressure from anti-DU groups and the international community due to the effects of the Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) on Gulf War veterans, helped Iraqi researchers start a series of investigation programs on the contaminated areas to estimate the radiation dose the people in southern Iraq and the Iraqi troops were exposed to during military engagements in 1991, and assess the level of contamination in the surrounding environment.

The American administration still claims that the biological and chemical agents of hydrocarbon smoke of oil field fires in southern Iraq are the main causes behind the (GWS) and not the exposure to the DU. This is very false and misleading information.

Chemical fumes and hydrocarbons were released to Iraq’s environment in each Iraqi city due to the 1991 air raids and bombing proves that the areas of Ta’meem, and Salahiddin were the most polluted cities due to the destruction of mines and huge material and armed forces industries. This resulted in the formation of SOx, NOx, and COx plumes and hydrocarbon smoke clouds. Pollution also resulted from the burning of thousands of rubber tires used to mislead Tomahawk missiles off their targets.

The American and British occupation forces are totally responsible for in contravention of United Nations Coventions:

1. Forbidding any release of statistics related to civilian casualties after the occupation.

2. Refusal to clean up contaminated areas.

3. Depriving international agencies and Iraqi researchers the right to conduct full (DU) related exploration programs by U.S. occupation forces to prevent further damages is the best evidence that these forces are covering up their certain conclusive evidence of the harmful health impacts of DU.

All these acts are crimes against humanity because these weapons are causing undifferentiated harm and suffering to civilians in all contaminated areas. Health effects can range from fatigue and muscular pain to genetic disorder, chromosome aberrations, and malignancies. Existence of DU in the environment will maintain continuous exposure to both toxic and radioactive effects which represent continuous systematic attacks on civilians in an armed conflict (Article 4 of the official regulations and article 7 of ICC).

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Written by thecanadianheadlines

December 9, 2009 at 10:38 pm

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