The environmental history of Afghanistan
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- Depleted Uranium Toxicity in
- By Richard S. Ehrlich, Laissez Faire City
Times, 29 October 2001. American warplanes are
attacking Afghanistan with depleted uranium weapons which
could poison combatants and civilians, especially
children. The possibility of radioactive dust storms
sweeping across Afghanistan and polluting rivers has
sparked fears in Pakistan.
- Cluster Bomblets Litter
- Human Rights Watch, 16 November 2001. Nearly 5,000
unexploded and highly volatile cluster bomblets may be
littered across areas of Afghanistan that were targeted by
U.S. warplanes. These unexploded bomblets have in effect
become antipersonnel landmines that will pose an extreme
hazard to civilians for years to come.
- 24,000 Unexploded Bomblets
- DAWN, 22 December 2001. An estimated 24,000
unexploded bomblets are lying on Afghan soil, posing a
deadly hazard to civilians and children in
particular. Some 10 per cent of the sub-munitions dropped
in cluster bombs by the US during its campaign in
Afghanistan had failed to explode.