Sunday, 18 October 2009

Iraq Now One of the World's Most Contaminated Countries

"There are a number of environmental challenges in Iraq," Environment Minister Narmin Othman told IRIN. "One of them is water, air and soil contamination caused mainly by emissions from cars and generators in crowded areas, unplanned use of chemical fertilizers, war remnants and bombing with depleted uranium."

She said her ministry had identified military vehicles and tanks contaminated with radioactive materials dating back to the wars of 1991 and 2003, but no action had been taken to get rid of them.

The US use of depleted uranium weapons in warfighting is criminal. Using materials that contaminate the land is illegal according to the Geneva Conventions. The great tragedy is that soldiers and civilians alike will be suffering genetic damage for generations to come.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, October 18th, 2009.]

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