Depleted uranium

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Depleted uranium is a toxic substance that better had been prohibited by international treaties decades ago, but American generals don't want to give up this capability.

Depleted Uranium (DU) is a waste product of nuclear weapon production and the nuclear power industry. It is used to make armor piercing missiles (exploiting Uranium's extreme density). It aerosolises into a fine powder on impact, effectively toxifying the environment in which it is used.

Official Narrative

The health effects of such pollution are disputed.


In November 2012, the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology in Heidelberg published a study that revealed that the number of congenital deformities in Basra (Iraq) had increased seven-fold between 1994 and 2003 (after the Gulf War followed by the 2003 Invasion of Iraq).[1]

Second Event Theory

Dr. Chris Busby has been a vocal critic of the official narrative that pollution by depleted uranium has negligible impact on human health, developing the Second Event Theory (SET) which suggests that such radiation is vastly more damaging than admitted - explaining the huge increase in cancer in Iraq after the attacks by the US military.

Deadly Dust

Dr Dr Siegwart-Horst Günther traveled in Iraq after the 2nd war and made his findings known in the two movies: "Der Arzt und die verstrahlten Kinder von Basra" (The doctor and the contaminated children of Basra) and "Deadly Dust" (2004 and 2007). He smuggled the remains of uranium ammunition from the Iraqi war zone to Berlin for examination, whereupon he was prosecuted for the “dissemination of radioactive material”.[2][3][4]

Cover up of health impacts

Commercially-controlled media has not paid much attention to DU as a lingering health hazard. Nafeez Ahmed [5] and others have alleged that the WHO is involved in hiding the health impacts of the use of depleted uranium.

A study by the WHO that was approved in June 2010 [6] found no increase in birth defects and stillbirths, it concluded in 2013:[7][8]

"The rates for spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and congenital birth defects found in the study are consistent with or even lower than international estimates. The study provides no clear evidence to suggest an unusually high rate of congenital birth defects in Iraq."

Another study by IKV Pax Christi (which was financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) pointed out in 2013:[9]

"The exposure risks to civilians from the use of DU in populated areas have been compounded by the US’s persistent refusal to release the data that could have helped facilitate effective assessment and clearance work, providing that the Iraqi government had the capacity and finances to undertake it."


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Document:The Kiss of Deatharticle2005Leuren MoretInsight into where privatisation of the US Nuclear weapons program and military/weapons/surveillance developments are leading the world. It also provides shocking information about the extent of the apparently quite deliberate and calculated radiation contamination resulting from ever-expanding use of depleted uranium munitions.
File:Birth Defects In Iraq.pdfreport16 September 2012M. Al-Sabbak
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