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The apparent U-turn by the Pentagon over DU use by aircraft in Operation Inherent Resolve has been cautiously welcomed by campaigners, but is it a sign of a wider policy shift? Is the threshold of acceptability for the use of DU in operations rising in response to international pressure over the controversial munitions and what part has the A-10 played in this?
The Pentagon has announced that depleted uranium (DU) munitions have not, and will not, be used by US aircraft in the conflict against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The policy U-turn contrasts with statements made over previous months, where Pentagon officials claimed that DU would be used if needed; the decision reflects a growing stigmatisation of the controversial weapons.
The news that US A-10 gunships are now also active in Syria in operations against Islamic State has coincided with the emergence of reports that Syrian civilians fear the long-term health impact of the Coalition’s airstrikes.
Canada’s new Foreign Minister Rob Nicholson has claimed that Canada has been leading global efforts on the non-proliferation of DU weapons, among other things, but does this claim bear scrutiny?
Prof. Manfred Mohr of ICBUW Germany on the life and work of Prof. Siegwart-Horst Günther, the father of the anti-uranium-weapons movement in Germany, who died earlier this month.
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- For the next two months the majority of arms control and disarmament campaigning will be concentrated on the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly. Here's our guide to what is actually happening.20 October 2014 - Rachel
- ICBUW commentary on DU weapons ahead of the UN General Assembly First Committee.13 October 2014 - ICBUW
- ICBUW Germany has a new home on the web and will be organising a number of events this autumn.1 September 2014 - ICBUW Germany
- The US Army has awarded a US$12m contract to defence contractor General Dynamics for the demilitarisation and disposal of 78,000 ageing DU tank rounds as new rounds are added to its war reserves.9 May 2014 - ICBUW
- The European Parliament has long supported a global moratorium on the use of depleted uranium weapons and with a fifth United Nations General Assembly resolution on the topic approaching this autumn, the parliament is growing increasingly vocal.12 April 2014 - Doug Weir
- The European Parliament has called on the EU's Council of Ministers to ensure that all member states support this autumn's UN General Assembly resolution on DU.9 April 2014 - ICBUW
- Wondering how your government votes on DU resolutions at the UN? Then check out this map based on EU member state positions in 2012.9 April 2014 - ICBUW
- ICBUW present on why DU needs to be resolved and possible approaches at a side event during the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons.9 April 2014 - ICBUW
- In a wide-ranging resolution on Iraq, the European Parliament has called on EU member states to develop a common position in favour of a ban on DU weapons, support affected communities and decontamination.20 March 2014 - ICBUW
- Following a global Day of Action event last November, where PAX’s Wim Zwijnenburg briefed members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Iraq, a cross party group of MEPs have submitted a question to the EU’s foreign affairs chief Cathy Ashton.14 March 2014 - ICBUW
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