NATO Confirms US Warplanes Fired Depleted Uranium in Bosnia

Published December 22nd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

NATO confirmed Friday that US ground attack aircraft fired depleted uranium munitions during the Bosnia conflict, adding that the fact has been known for several years. 

"During the war, a total of 10,800 DU rounds were fired from A-10 Thunderbolt aircraft, under international auspices," a source at NATO's supreme allied headquarters in Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium told AFP. 

"This has been known for several years," the source said. 

A NATO official in Brussels added: "There is nothing secret about DU rounds being fired in Bosnia." 

They had been fired from 30-mm cannons fitted onto A-10s, a low-flying aircraft that was specifically designed to knock out tanks and other armored vehicles, the official said. 

NATO denies that other munitions containing depleted uranium, such as bombs and shells, had been fired when US aircraft went into action over Bosnia in the last two years of its 1992-95 war. 

The Italian government said Friday it did not know that depleted uranium weapons had been used by US aircraft in Bosnia, where its troops serve in the NATO-led Stabilization Force (SFOR) -- BRUSSELS (AFP)  



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