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IN A STATE OF UNCERTAINTY Impact and implicatons of the use of depleted uranium in Iraq

IN A STATE OF UNCERTAINTY Impact and implicatons of the use of depleted uranium in Iraq

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IN A STATE OF
UNCERTAINTY
Impact and implicatons of the use of depleted uranium in Iraq
IN A STATE OF
UNCERTAINTY
Impact and implicatons of the use of depleted uranium in Iraq

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After a small pause, mainly used for resupplying troops and assessing Iraqi weaknesses, US forces began their march to

Baghdad, moving into the city from Karbala in the south, and Al-Kut in the south east. The city had already been subjected

to an intense bombing campaign, and multiple defensive positions with armoured vehicles in and around the city had

been targeted. US forces on the road to Baghdad encountered Iraqi armour near to, and inside Karbala, south of Baghdad,

and in Al-Kut, south-east of Baghdad, destroying tanks and armoured vehicles. Newspaper articles later confrmed the

use of DU in Al-Kut from samples taken by journalists and analysed in the US61

. In the so-called Karbala Gap, dozens of

Iraqi armoured vehicles were destroyed by M1s and Bradley AFVs from the 3rd Infantry Division, battles which probably

involved DU. One Iraqi eyewitness described the attack of an A10 in an urban area in Al Mahmouhidiya, south of Bagh-

dad, where three tanks near the market tried to fee the city, and were strafed and destroyed with DU rounds. The tanks

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remained there for months before they were transported to a scrap metal site62
.

On Highway 8, towards Baghdad, the Marine Corps engaged in fghting with Iraqi armoured forces, resulting in the de-

struction of 33 T-72 tanks, two T-62 tanks, 19 T-55 tanks, 12 MTLB armoured vehicles, 50 artillery pieces, six BM-21

rockets launchers and 127 trucks63

. Over the course of several days, numerous other attacks against armoured vehicles

and tanks were reported64

along Highways 1 and 8, leading up to Baghdad, and it is to be expected that DU was deployed

there as well.

Near Baghdad, a ferce battle took place for Baghdad Airport, which was defended by the Republican Guard. It was re-

ported that “The 3rd Infantry came under shellfre.... From the skies, A-10 Thunderbolt ‘Tankbusters’ fred on Iraqi tanks,

reducing many of them to burning wrecks”65

. Further confrmation of DU use came from the current commander of the

Iraqi 14th Division, General Hamid, who was based in Baghdad during the attacks and stated that: “DU was used a lot by

the US on Baghdad airport,” he added that after the ceasefre there was a large scale clean-up of wrecked tanks and other

military scrap by the US military, which he linked to its likely contamination by DU66
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