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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 11:35 pm    Post subject: Iraq: Dutch Troops Find U.S. Depleted Uranium Reply with quote

UN Observer wrote:

Monday, 5 January 2004, 12:14 pm
Article: UN Observer



Dutch Troops Find Depleted Uranium Ammunition In Iraq
Finding points to more DU material in the area


Article courtesy of UN Observer

Dutch troops stationed in the province of Al Muthanna in Southern
Iraq have found a 30 mm round of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition.
This has been announced by the Ministry of Defence today. According
to RISQ Associate Maarten H.J. van den Berg, the finding points to
the presence of more DU material in the area.

The shell was found on the 10th of December in a so-
called `demolition pit' in the town of As Samawah. According to a
spokesperson of the Dutch Ministry of Defence, the health of those
involved in the finding was not put at risk as the round was not
destroyed and no DU dust released.
Given the reported calibre, the shell is probably of US origin.
According to Mr. van den Berg, 30 mm DU ammunition has only been used
in Iraq by American Apache helicopters and A-10 `Warthog' jets of the
US Air Force.

As a RISQ Report on the issue published earlier this year confirmed,
30 mm DU ordnance has been fired in airstrikes over As Samawah -- in
1998 and, more recently, during operation `Iraqi Freedom'.
Consequently, "it is more than likely that there are more sources of
DU to be found in the area", Mr. Van den Berg concludes.

Dutch army personnel unions have raised concern about the
incident. "Last week we talked to officials of the Ministry of
Defence but they did not mention the incident", says Mr. J. Kleian,
chairman of the Christian Association of Military Personnel (ACOM).
His colleague of the Union for Defence Personnel (VBM), pointing at
prior agreements with the Ministry on information-sharing, stated
that "this is not something that should have been kept from the
public".

In July, the Minister of Defence assured MPs that "no DU-ammunition
was used recently in Al-Muthanna". However, as said RISQ Report led
MPs to raise questions, the Minister admitted that the assurance
derived from unverified information. Citing the US government as
saying that "it is still in the process of preparing an assessment of
DU-firing locations in Iraq", the Dutch government's current
standpoint is that "it will await the results of [this]
investigation".

http://www.scoop.co.nz/mason/stories/HL0401/S00010.htm



That stuff is dangerous, I wonder how they are ever going to clean this mess. It will effect the people in the erea for decades to come, talking about WMD's here, this radiation is the worsed, ask anyone in Hiroshima.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2004 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I agree that it is frightening. This kind of thing continues to cause trouble long after its initial use. This shell wasnt destroyed releasing dust... but how many others might have been I wonder?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2004 8:20 am    Post subject: cold Reply with quote

its a cold cold world fellas, only if we had more peeps like you's.
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