NATO contaminating Libya water with depleted uranium

By Leonor en Libia

Part of the NATO war crimes are the pollution of water supplies. This video ends because we got ‘cut-off’.

Of course it could have been just a technical thing – or could it have been a censor preventing continuation of the discussion?

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US using Depleted Uranium in ‘Humanitarian Intervention’

Press TV
March 27, 2011

Only a few days into the U.S.-led attacks on Libya, there have been reports of forty-five 2,000 pound bombs containing depleted uranium being dropped down on Libya by the U.S. B-2s in the first 24 hours of the attack.

David Wilson of the Stop the War Coalition says the massive bombs, along with the Cruise missiles launched from British and French planes and ships, all contained depleted uranium (DU) warheads.

Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, Director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, however; says he is unaware of any use of depleted uranium munitions in Libya and that only conventional munitions were used by U.S. aircraft.

“The British-built Harrier jets used by British naval air forces and also by U.S. Marine pilots, are often equipped with pod-mounted cannons that fire 20 mm shells–shells that often have uranium projectiles designed to penetrate heavy armor,” says American journalist Dave Lindorff.

On March 17th, 2011, the U.S. administration moved quickly to press for a United Nations’ Security Council Resolution calling for a “no fly-zone” and intervention in Libya. Citing “imminent humanitarian concern”, a U.S. and its allies launched attacks hitting Libyan air defenses and ground forces.

The no-fly zone over Libya is said to have cost well over $100 million for the U.S. in missiles alone.

Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said on March 21 that the U.S. costs could “easily pass the $1 billion mark on this operation, regardless of how well things go.”

International Collation to Ban Uranium Weapons ( ICBUW) says it “is concerned that the current use of U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier ground attack aircraft could lead to DU contamination should their cannon be deployed against ground targets. ICBUW is also concerned that the potential for contamination may increase significantly as the conflict develops if U.S. Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt ground attack aircraft are deployed.”

“The majority of platforms that fire DU are land-based, although some air and sea-based platforms have also been developed. The only air-based platforms currently in service with the countries currently involved in the conflict are the U.S. A-10 Thunderbolt and the AV-8B Harrier.” ICBUW

Depleted Uranium was used widely especially in 2003 in Baghdad, Samara, Mosul and other big Iraqi cities.

While the Pentagon has continued to claim, against all scientific evidence, that there is no hazard posed by depleted uranium, U.S. troops in Iraq have reportedly been instructed to avoid any sites where these weapons have been used.

Cities in Iraq where DU weapons were heavily used, such as Basra, Samara, Baghdad, Mosul and probably especially Fallujah, which was virtually leveled in a November 2004 Marine assault, are showing high rates of birth defects, many of which, along with unusually high rates of leukemia, medical experts say are emblematic of fetal radiation damage.

There are reports of a dramatic increase in the incidence of deformed babies being born in the city of Fallujah, where DU weapons were in wide use during the November 2004 assault on that city by U.S. Marines.

A University of Michigan published in December 2010 found that of 547 births in Fallujah General Hospital in May of 2010, six years after the all-out US assault on that city of 300,000, in which DU weapons were reportedly used widely, 15% of babies had birth defects–a rate more than five times higher than the global average of 2-3%.

In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 babies born, 24 percent of whom died within their first week of life. This compares to August 2002, six months before the U.S. invasion, when 530 live births were reported with only six dying in the first week.

3 responses to “NATO contaminating Libya water with depleted uranium

  1. A shame as I would have loved to hear the entire interview.

    As I understand it we (the US) have been using DU bombs since at least Vietnam. It’ll likely come back to bite us all in the ass, if it hasn’t already.

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