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Thu Feb 16, 2017, 06:15 PM

The Pentagon said it wouldn't use depleted uranium rounds against ISIS. Months later, it did...

Source: The Washington Post


The Pentagon said it wouldnt use depleted uranium rounds against ISIS. Months later, it did thousands of times.

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff February 16 at 7:00 AM

Months after the Pentagon said it wouldnt use a controversial type of armor-piercing ammunition that has been blamed for long-term health complications, U.S. aircraft fired thousands of the rounds during two high-profile air raids in Syria in November 2015, the Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday.

The use of the ammunition, a 30mm depleted-uranium bullet called PGU-14, was first by a joint Air Wars-Foreign Policy investigation on Tuesday. The roughly 5,265 rounds of the munition were fired from multiple A-10 ground attack aircraft on Nov 16, 2015, and Nov. 22, 2015, in airstrikes in Syrias eastern desert that targeted the Islamic States oil supply during Operation Tidal Wave II, said Maj. Josh Jacques, a U.S. Central Command spokesman.

When loaded with depleted-uranium bullets, the A-10s fired what is called a combat-mix, meaning the aircrafts cannon fires five depleted-uranium rounds to one high explosive incendiary bullet.

The strikes, which involved 30mm cannon fire, rockets and guided bombs, destroyed more than 300 vehicles, mostly civilian tanker trucks, the Pentagon said at the time. The two incidents were championed by the Pentagon, and footage of trucks being destroyed was posted online. The Pentagon said that no civilians were present during the bombardment because fliers had been dropped before strafing runs warning those in their trucks to flee.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2017/02/16/the-pentagon-said-it-wouldnt-use-depleted-uranium-rounds-against-isis-months-later-it-did-5265-times/?utm_term=.76597c91875d&wpisrc=nl_evening&wpmm=1

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DonViejo Feb 2017 OP
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Crash2Parties Feb 2017 #5
absyntheminded Feb 2017 #2
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DeminPennswoods Feb 2017 #4
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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 06:35 PM

1. If you google "depleted uranium babies" you'll find gruesome images

of what uranium in the groundwater does to developing fetuses.

I hate ISIS, but I tremble for the innocent civilians in Syria.

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Response to Qutzupalotl (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 07:51 PM

5. aka "falluja babies". DU should be categorized with land mines & nerve or mustard gas

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 07:13 PM

2. 30mm depleted-uranium rounds....


...fired from an A-10 are designed for hardened combat vehicles, primarily high end heavily armored tanks that possess reactive (explosive) armor and 2-3 inches of hardened steel. Firing on commercial/civilian grade trucks, etc is like firing an AK round through toilet paper.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 07:21 PM

3. Well, that's Obama's decision, and thus our responsibility.

I'll tuck it in my pocket for when our conservative neighbors accuse us of not being sufficiently barbaric. Or however they refer to it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 07:29 PM

4. A-10 is for close air support

DU has been the A-10's gun's ammo for a long time. As posted above, the DU is for heavily armored vehicles like tanks.

FWIW, the A-10 is an amazing plane. It can fly with most of its wings shot off and other significant damage. The pilot basically sits in a re-inforced bathtub.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Feb 16, 2017, 10:16 PM

6. Can't they just use 100% high explosive incendiary?

I mean, they're cargo and tanker trucks.

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