To: President Donald Trump, The United States House of Representatives, and The United States Senate

Pentagon: Come Clean on Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons in Syria

Clarify when the U.S. has used depleted uranium weapons in Syria, and on U.S. depleted uranium weapons policy for the conflict in Syria. Release detailed targeting data to enable clearance & risk awareness efforts and isolation & recovery of contaminated material.

Why is this important?

The U.S. military ignored its own guidelines for the use of depleted uranium ammunition in the 2003 Iraq War, firing the controversial weapons at unarmored targets, buildings in populated areas and troops. [1]

The use of depleted uranium in munitions is controversial because of concerns about potential long-term health effects. A 2005 review concluded that human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in the children of people exposed to depleted uranium. [2]

In 2015, the U.S. stated that it had not and would not use depleted uranium in Iraq or Syria. However, the Pentagon has now admitted that it has used depleted uranium weapons in Syria. [3]

Urge President Obama and Congress to demand transparency and accountability in U.S. policy on using depleted uranium weapons in Syria by signing our petition.

References:
1. https://www.paxforpeace.nl/stay-informed/news/us-broke-its-own-rules-firing-depleted-uranium-in-iraq
2. http://ehjournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1476-069X-4-17
3. http://www.irinnews.org/analysis/2016/10/06/exclusive-iraq-war-records-reignite-debate-over-us-use-depleted-uranium

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Reasons for signing

  • I f we are going to us these things with lingering health effects, we should at least make it public.
  • Use of depleted uranium weapons is unconscionable. DU is also genotoxic and therefore dangerous to inhale as when a DU shell hits a tank, or DU dust is blown in the wind.
  • We must stop committing war crimes.

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