The U.S. government used depleted uranium, a known carcinogen and cause of birth defects, during strikes on Fallujah during the 2003 Iraq War, and generations of Iraqis and the families of American servicemen are living with the devastating consequences.
“Depleted uranium has a half-life of 4.7 billion years—that means thousands upon thousands of Iraqi children will suffer for tens of thousands of years to come,” said Dr. Ahmad Hardan, a special scientific adviser to the World Health Organization, the United Nations and the Iraqi Ministry of Health, in a 2006 article in The American Chronicle. “This is what I call terrorism.”
Hardan documented the effects of depleted uranium in Iraq between 1991 and 2002.
Below, Chris Busby, a British scientist known for his research on the human health effects of radiation, introduces a short film by Iraqi investigative journalist Feurat Alani on the longstanding impact on the Iraqi population of the U.S. military’s use of depleted uranium and the incendiary chemical white phosphorous. That film, “Fallujah: A Lost Generation,” immediately follows. —ARK