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Troops in Gulf to use depleted uranium shells

Ian Bruce, The Herald, 22 January 2003

The Ministry of Defence announced last year it was to buy a tungsten-tipped, armour-piercing round amid concern over the side-effects of the DU shells, although it continues to deny that the ammunition is the source of cancers contracted by servicemen in areas where it was used in battle since its introduction in 1991.

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Discounted Casualties

The human cost of depleted uranium

Akira Tashiro, senior staff writer, The Chugoku Shimbun, Hiroshima

As I traveled through the US, UK, and Iraq to cover this story, I was confronted at every turn by the sad and frightening spectre of "discounted casualties,"- people exposed to depleted uranium and other toxic substances, and now tormented by leukemia and a whole array of chronic disorders.

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Children of the Gulf War Photo Exhibition U.S. Tour

As citizens concerned with the social justice and the situation in Iraq, we have conceived a program that we hope will draw attention to the devastation of war and economic sanction in Iraq, and moral bankruptcy of U.S. foreign policy regarding people in Iraq, especially children.

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Cause of gulf illness is still unknown

Thursday, September 19, 2002, Mike Wynn and Johnny Edwards, Augusta Chronicle

The 1148th didn't fight on the front lines, but it hauled fuel into war zones. On the way, members of the unit often passed burned-out Iraqi vehicles and tanks destroyed by U.S. artillery.

In any future conflict in the Persian Gulf, vaccines given to troops in the field would be electronically archived, and the Defense Department would compile data on units' locations and any symptoms reported by soldiers before, during and after deployment, according to Michael Kilpatrick, deputy director of the Deployment Health Support Directorate.
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The heavy metal logic bomb

David Hambling, The Guardian Thursday September 5, 2002

Attacks on buried targets are likely to be a feature of the next Gulf War. Key Iraqi assets are concealed under layers of concrete. The US aims to take out these targets with bunker-busting bombs, and the concern is that massive amounts of depleted uranium (DU) will be used in the process.

Full article http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,785897,00.html

Veterans warn of Gulf War syndrome risk

Brendan Nicholson, The Sunday Age, Melbourne, 18 August 2002

The chairman of the steering committee of the Australian Gulf War Veterans Association, David Watts, told The Sunday Age he did not want to see other young service personnel suffer.

"I think it's very irresponsible of the government to start talking about sending people over for another go when they haven't really looked after the people who went in the first place," Mr Watts said.

Full article http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2002/08/17/1029114031047.html

Gulf veteran babies 'risk deformities'

Nic Fleming and Mark Townsend, The Observer Sunday August 11, 2002

Children of British soldiers who fought in wars in which depleted uranium ammunition was used are at greater risk of suffering genetic diseases passed on by their fathers, new research reveals.

Full article http://www.observer.co.uk/politics/story/0,6903,772633,00.html

U.S. Dirty Bombs Radioactive Gene Busting Munitions Spiked with Plutonium

John M. Laforge, Centre for Research on Globalisation (CRG), Centre de recherche sur la mondialisation (CRM), globalresearch.ca , August/août 2002

"Plutonium is a fuel that is toxic beyond human experience. It is demonstrably carcinogenic to animals in microgram quantities [one millionth of a gram]. The lung cancer risk is unknown to orders of magnitude. Present plutonium standards are certainly irrelevant." - Dr. Donald P. Geesaman, health physicist, formerly of Lawrence Livermore Lab

Full article http://www.globalresearch.ca/articles/LAF208A.html

Radioactive Recycling

Susan Q. Stranahan Mother Jones July/August 2002

If the Department of Energy has its way, the nation's nuclear garbage could end up in everyday items like bicycles, frying pans, and baby strollers.

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AFGHANISTAN: Concerns over effects of depleted uranium

Australian Broadcasting Corporation 27 June 2002

The United States campaign on terrorism in Afghanistan may have created a terror of its own. Thousands of people, as well as future generations, may have been exposed to high levels of radiation from depleted uranium, believed to be the so called 'mystery heavy metal' used in US guided missiles, bunker busters and other weaponry in Afghanistan.

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Private Eye No. 1056 14 June - 27 June 2002, page 26
LAST month's crash of a China Air Boeing 747 is a timely reminder of the presence of depleted uranium (DU) on board big jets. TriStars, DCIOs and all jumbos made before 1993 carry built-in bars of DU as counterweights in the tail of the aircraft.
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Iraqi MDs blame U.S. for deformities

Timothy Appleby, THE GLOBE AND MAIL, 13 March 2002

Doctors link cancer and abnormalities found in children living in the south to depleted uranium contained in bombs that were used in Persian Gulf war, TIMOTHY APPLEBY says


Wednesday, March 13, 2002
Print Edition, Page A4

BASRA, IRAQ -- When a baby is born in southern Iraq these days, the mother's first question is not whether the child is male or female. "What she wants to know is whether her baby is normal," says Janan Ghalib, head of the cancer unit at Basra's Maternity and Children Hospital. The doctor needs only to flip open a photo album filled with horrors to explain why. There are pictures of babies without eyes, and some with too many eyes. There are

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Uranium weapons health warning

By BBC News Online's Ania Lichtarowicz Tuesday, 12 March, 2002

Gulf war veteran Brian Tooze was rushed into hospital with suspected meningitis four years after he returned from the conflict.

But instead of the brain disease, doctors found there was evidence of DU in his urine.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that now he suffers from skin cancer, kidney trouble, irritable bowel syndrome, constant headaches, tinnitus and problems with balance.

Full article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1867138.stm


America's big dirty secret

by ROBERT JAMES PARSONS Le Monde Diplomatique, March 2002
"The immediate concern for medical professionals and employees of aid organisations remains the threat of extensive depleted uranium (DU) contamination in Afghanistan." This is one of the conclusions of a 130-page report, Mystery Metal Nightmare in Afghanistan? (1), by Dai Williams, an independent researcher and occupational psychologist. It is the result of more than a year of research into DU and its effects on those exposed to it.
Full article http://MondeDiplo.com/2002/03/03uranium

DU ammunition and the dying doctor

Ullas Sharma February 20, 2002, YellowTimes.ORG

Prof. Gunther tried to examine one of these strange bullets and got it to Germany. He found the bullet highly toxic and radioactive. The projectile was subsequently seized by a large contingent of the police who had a special squad to carry the ammunition in a thick lead container and was then disposed off in a desolate place. Some weeks later Prof. Gunther was arrested and in prison maltreated. After 3 1/2 weeks of a hunger strike he was released - ill and in bad condition.

For more than a year he was under police surveillance and had to report to the police station twice a week. He was then summoned to a regional court where he was told that he could be forced to enter a psychiatric institution. A scientist and a doctor who had helped so many dying children in Iraq and other countries and the allied soldiers, was being told that if he did not mend his ways he will be thrown into solitary confinement. His pension was slashed and he could not afford to buy food for his children.

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See also 'YellowTimes.org Shut Down! Stifling the Voice of Reason' Firas Al-Atraqchi, Dissident Voice 10 February 2003

Depleted Uranium Munitions Suspension and Study Act of 2001 (Introduced in House)

107th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 3155

To require the suspension of the use, sale, development, production, testing, and export of depleted uranium munitions pending the outcome of certain studies of the health effects of such munitions, and for other purposes. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES October 17, 2001 Ms. MCKINNEY (for herself, Mr. ACEVEDO-VILA, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. MCDERMOTT, Mr. KUCINICH, and Ms. LEE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services, and in addition to the Committees on Energy and Commerce, and International Relations, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

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Depleted uranium: The next generation

Alex Kirby, BBC News Online environment correspondent and presenter of Costing the Earth, 18 January, 2001

Mr Purbrick remains healthy. But his son was born last year with no fingers on his left hand, and a joint missing from his thumb.

Full article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/1122566.stm

A soldier's experience

Alex Kirby, BBC, 10 June, 1999

Dr Doug Rokke is assistant professor of environmental science at Jacksonville State University, Alabama. He is also a major in the US Army Reserve, and in 1991 he served in the Gulf.

Dr Rokke thinks he knows why neither the USA nor the UK, the two Nato members which used DU munitions in the Gulf, is providing medical care routinely to all veterans who may have been exposed.

"They don't want to acknowledge the health effects, because they don't want to be accountable for the illnesses of the troops, or of the civilians in Iraq, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia."

Full article http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/362543.stm

Uranium toxicity in The Merck Index, Eleventh Edition

The Merck Index, ELEVENTH EDITION, (MERCK & CO., INC. RAHWAY N.J., 1989) page 1551

Caution: Uranium and its salts are highly toxic. Dermatitis, renal damage, acute necrotic arterial lesions, death may occur. Radiation hazard from inhalation of fine particles of approx 1µ. Insol particles in lung may be long-term carcinogenic hazard. See L.T. Fairhall, Industrial Toxicology (Hafner, New York, 2nd ed., 1969) pp 129-131.

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