THE USE OF DEPLETED URANIUM IN IRAQ

07/09/03

Frida Berrigan is a senior research associate with the Arms Trade Resource Center at the World Policy Institute. She says the widespread use of depleted uranium in the Iraq War (at minimum 75 tons of DU were used as ammunition during the war) poses a danger to the health of U.S. soldiers, Iraqis and the environment. More DU was used during this war than during the previous war with Iraq. After it burns or explodes, DU has been shown to be toxic. With the still unexplained health problems suffered by 186,000 Gulf War veterans and thousands of Iraqi civilians and ex-military, Berrigan says at the very least there should be a moratorium on the use of DU until the health effects can be more carefully studied.

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