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US War Crimes


US fired depleted uranium at civilian areas in 2003 Iraq war, report finds
Dutch peace group Pax says findings show US was in breach of official advice meant to prevent suffering in conflicts

     
    Rob Edwards    
    theguardian.com, Thursday 19 June 2014 16.45 BST    




US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found.

Coordinates revealing where US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 DU rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003 have been obtained by the Dutch peace group Pax. This is the first time that any US DU firing coordinates have been released, despite previous requests by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Iraqi government.

According to PAX's report, which is due to be published this week, the data shows that many of the DU rounds were fired in or near populated areas of Iraq, including As Samawah, Nasiriyah and Basrah. At least 1,500 rounds were also aimed at troops, the group says. (....)

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