Pentagon has denied, on several occasions, using depleted uranium rounds in Syria. Depleted uranium rounds are controversial to say the least. The armor-piercing ammo has been linked with long-term health complications. According to The Washington Post reported that Pentagon acknowledged use of depleted uranium rounds in two air raids back in November 2015. Earlier this week a report issued by a Joint Air Wars-Foreign Policy investigation stated that a 30mm depleted uranium bullet “PGU-14” had been fired during the two air raids.
Close to 5,200 rounds were fired from a ground attack aircraft on 16th and 22nd November, 2015 during airstrikes in Syria’s eastern desert. The strikes targeted Islamic State (IS) group’s oil supply. The strikes involved use of 30mm cannon fire, rockets and guided bombs that helped destroy approximately 300 vehicles most of which were civilian. The footage of these trucks being destroyed were posted online. According to the Pentagon, no civilians were present during the strikes.
Depleted uranium rounds are used as armor-piercing ammo owing to the material’s high density. Exposure to this type of ammunition can cause severe side effects. There is however, no international treaty that would ban the use of such rounds. Prior to the report, the United States on several occasions have presented a stance against these types of rounds.
U.S. Central Command spokesman Major Josh Jacques did not rule out the possibility that the U.S.-led coalition might use depleted uranium rounds again. He further added that the areas where these rounds were used back in November have been marked for cleanup in the future. The area being referred to is still vastly being controlled by the Islamic State. The chances of scrap being recovered and sold are rather high. Either that, or it is safe to assume that now, these rounds may be available to IS militants.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.