(TASS) The US Central Command (CENTCOM) confirmed that it had used depleted uranium (DU) ammunition in Syria in strikes against the Islamic State radical group (outlawed in Russia).

“I can confirm the use of depleted uranium,” US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told TASS. “The combination of Armored Piercing Incendiary (DU) rounds mixed with High Explosive Incendiary rounds was used to ensure a higher probability of destruction of the truck fleet ISIS was using to transport its illicit oil.”

The report runs contrary to earlier US claims that it had never used depleted uranium in its operation against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

The spokesman said that a total of 5,265 rounds of Armored Piercing Incendiary (DU) using the 5:1 combat mix ratio were used in two operations on November 16 and November 22, 2015.

On November 16, a total of 1,490 out of 1,790 rounds fired in total contained depleted uranium. On November 22, US warplanes fired 3,775 shells with depleted uranium out of 4,530 in total.

Each of the two operations involved four A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft. A total of 46 enemy vehicles were destroyed during the first operation, and 293 during the second.

Russia’s stance confirmed

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said last year that according to independent experts, the United States has used depleted uranium (DU) shells in Syria and Iraq at least twice.

She urged focus on the joint report by the Dutch non-governmental Peace Organization PAX and the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons concerning the use of outlawed weapons by the United States during its campaign in Iraq.

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“It is a rather telling sign the ICBUW has exposed at least two instances of the United States using DU weapons in air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq,” Zakharova said.

The report addresses the issue of the indiscriminate use of DU weapons during the US-British intervention in Iraq in 2003.

“The report’s authors have arrived at the conclusion that the US military violated its own rules for the use of such ammunition, because they fired it against non-armored targets, including enemy manpower, and within communities, thus posing risks to the civilian population,” the spokeswoman said.

“Amid the anti-Syrian and anti-Russian propaganda campaign and in the context of successful operations by the Syrian armed forces with support from Russia’s aerospace group against terrorists and militants in Aleppo such facts of recent history are ignored by Western mass media,” she added.

 

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Pentagon is the worlds best known terrorist base that is not accountable to anybody. They can do genocides no problem with a press that will look the other way and blame the innocent. Shame on USA

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DU is not realy necessary against fuel truck. Steel is not so thick.

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Substitutes for DU are available but cost more. It is not necessary at all.

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It is now clear the combination of Armored Piercing Incendiary (Depleted Uranium) rounds mixed with High Explosive Incendiary rounds were not used for any ‘Mechanical Purpose’. It was an ‘Analogical Method’ against ISIS Brutality & their possession. No theory was there to inflict Crops Damage or Water Poisoning or even human distortion. #US #DU #ISIS #Syria

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Very true, Andrew. If I may add, let’s never forget what influential network, linked to which outside power, was instrumental in pushing for war in Iraq:

HOW PRO-ISRAEL NEOCONS PUSHED FOR WAR IN IRAQ:
http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/11/middleeast/baghdad-protest-clashes/

Same network, same outside power has had a central role in shaping criminal, terror-supporting US policies against Syria.

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Link correction:

HOW PRO-ISRAEL NEOCONS PUSHED FOR WAR WITH IRAQ

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The real truth is here! : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTfOB_TBBew First, Netanyahu wasn’t PM in 2003! From 2001 to 2006 it was Ariel Sharon 😉 And you have Bernie Sanders which is a Jew who was totally against. Actually, you’ll find a lot of Jews -which in great majority vote DEM and not GOP and strongly opposed. The Obongo administration was infested by Muslim Brotherhood, BTW and at the Israeli level, they knew as well that Saddam’s capabilities to threaten even the Kurds were near nihil. Let’s be clear : the real POTUS was Chenney, If you begin to search, you will also… Read more »
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DU must not be used because it contaminates and is a possible hazard. Forces preparing to defend their own soil have developed substitutes for good reasons. p.s. I doubt that the US would ever use DU in their own country to pollute their own soil? What more can I say?

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Yes and no. well, tungsten can be considered as hard but on impact, tungsten deforms as a mushroom, DU has the advantage to be pyrophoric, on the point of impact, it burns in vapour, making the shell auto-sharpening then once the armour is pierced, then when it breaks through, the burning DU turns the inside of a vehicle into an inferno of white-hot gas and sparks, although it’s mostly in the path of the exhaust that things may really suck. The incendiary mixture that follows is likely to be muchworst but the max-damages are likely to come from ammos on… Read more »
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Thanks for Your explanation. As I said. For example Wolfram carbide is used in armor-piercing ammunition where depleted uranium is politically unacceptable. The real reason why it is not used at home is explained by You – its “limited” amount of radiation is in the “vapors” which are spread and enters humans via the lungs. Yes hypocrites often prevent weapons that can save the lives of our men. But in this case You do not want the poisonous vapors and salts of a heavy metal around. I can understand why the Syrian government does not like the use.

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It’s more psychological due to the fact it comes from nuke waste. But again, mostly all ammos are are heavy metals and DU is not toxic by radiation : you must understand that we live through radiations and cosmic rays all the time! Toxicity comes from the heavy metal! Now, if you’re in an area that ends with DU vapours, you’re not an angel to be targetted by an A-10 😉 Nevertheless, lead in bullets? Heavy Metal! Tantalum in EFP? Heavy Metal! Iron Maiden? Heavy Metal! Wolfram carbide = Tungsten Carbide. Bravo : Tungsten is more toxic than lead and… Read more »
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No. DU is used because it is a waste product and cheaper. DU’s fine particles and salts can enter the body. DU contains about half as much of U-235 as the natural ore. Uranium ores and mining is dangerous. All heavy metal salts are more or less toxic. If the expended ammos create a soluble salt they are dangerous. But only then. Keyword: solubility or solubility product of whatever. From what I remember Uranium salts are soluble, one of the problems of the atomic industry. You described the working of DU ammo. From its working You can deduce that a… Read more »
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