Pentagon Confirms Usage of Projectiles with Depleted Uranium in Syria

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The Central Command of the US Armed Forces has confirmed the fact of usage of ammunition with depleted uranium during military operations in Syria.

Pentagon Confirms Usage of Projectiles with Depleted Uranium in Syria

The A-10 Thunderbolt jet aircraft (Photo: Wikimedia.org / Jim Haseltine)

The Central Command (CENTCOM) of the US Armed Forces, which is primarily responsible for the Middle East direction, confirmed that the US Air Force used ammunition with depleted uranium during its aerial attacks on positions of terrorists of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria, the TASS news agency reported.

“I can confirm the use of depleted uranium [in Syria],” spokesman for the US CENTCOM Maj. Josh Jacques told the news agency. “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.”

He noted that depleted uranium was used on November 16 and 22, 2016.

According to Jacques, in total, 5,265 30-mm armor-piercing flame projectiles were used during these operations. On November 16, 1,490 of 1,790 shelled projectiles contained the toxic material (46 vehicles were destroyed), and on November 22, 3,775 of 4,530 projectiles were filled with depleted uranium (293 vehicles were destroyed). This means that there were five projectiles with depleted uranium for every ordinary shell. The projectiles were used by four A-10 Thunderbolt attack aircraft of the US Air Force.

Earlier, the Pentagon denied the fact of usage of projectiles with depleted uranium by the US Air Force during the international anti-terrorist operations in Syria and Iraq.

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  • Jyoti Prakash Mitra

    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

  • Ole Johansen

    Looks to me as if the US Army, The Nuclear waste industry and the Cancer industry are working perfectly well together.

    What a beautiful constellation. Shoot cancer at folks. Nice tricks US.

  • PZIVJ1943

    AP-DU rounds for tanks have been around for decades.
    Depleted means it has a very small amount of U-235.
    Does that mean it’s slightly radioactive?

    • Bob

      NATO dumped a lot of these on Yugoslavia – Serbia and Montenegro in 1999. They barely hit any armored vehicles that these rounds are designed to penetrate as hardened projectiles but still scattered them all across countryside. It has had marked impact on cancer rates – can look it up, particularly throat cancer – it also permeates water table.
      Iraq saw its share of same ordnance scattered across their landscape in 2003.
      US military knows the outcomes and there is now an unstated tacit element of state terror involved. As non compliance to US hegemony has clear multi layered and long term environmental consequences if US engages in bombing campaigns against a state – as it is given they will use depleted uranium ordnance.