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Gulf War II Information Network February 9, 1998 ......PRESS RELEASE Contact: Daniel Robicheau and Philippa Winkler, co-editors of 'Hidden Casualties, the Environmental, Health and Political Consequences of the Persian Gulf War' (Earthscan, ARC Arms Control Research Center, London 1994) 0117-973-7746 BOMBING WILL HAVE DIRE CONSEQUENCES FOR IRAQ'S WATER URBAN AREAS TO BE ATTACKED US HAS NOT RULED OUT USING NUCLEAR "BUNKER BUSTING" BOMB Virtually all the nuclear, chemical and biological (NBC) Iraqi sites are built in the combined draining region of the Tigris and the Euphrates. Bomb attacks would affect primary water supplies and agricultural areas. And according to the map published in the Daily Telegraph, Feb. 8), NBC targets likely to be hit are in cities such as Mosul, and Kirkuk. CNN reported today that attacks will be "in and out of Baghdad". Also, the U.S. Department of Defense has publicly stated that it has not ruled out the possibility of using tactical nuclear B61-11 "buker-busting" bombs. Yet officials are saying that the UK and US governments have agreed that military action can be carried out "without damage to civilian life, which they would try to avoid, and without environmental damage," (The Daily Telegraph, 8-2-98). The 1991 Gulf War gave a different picture: Thousands of Iraqi civilians were incinerated in the first Gulf War at the Ameriya shelter, hundreds of bridges destroyed, entire neighboroods in Baghdad turned to rubble. Between 300 to 700 tons of depleted uranium were left behind in the region in the form of radioactive ammunition and residues. Chemical factories and nuclear sites were targeted in the early days without concern for the fallout to all people in the region. The knock-on-effects- such as damage to the electrical grid, sewage system-caused epidemics of cholera and typhoid and the deaths of thousands more. Cluster bombs were used, as well as napalm. The health of the Iraqi population was also affected by the toxic chemicals contained in missiles. Solid propellants such as hydrozine and ammonium perchlorate are contained in missile exhaust fumes and in the unburned waste of missle shards. Accuracy of missiles cannot be guaranteed: in 1991, a Defense Department analysis of the US air campaign concluded that damage to Iraqi civilian facilities was greater than intended (UP Press, Feb. 23, 1992) The public has a right to know whether tactical nuclear weapons like the bunker-busting B61-11 will be deployed in the region, especially when recent accidents have already happened involving military aircraft in Italy, and the collision of two F-18s over the Persian Gulf. -- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is a discussion list run by Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To be removed/added, email email@example.com, NOT the whole list. Archived at http://linux.clare.cam.ac.uk/~saw27/casi/discuss.html