US used depleted uranium in airstrikes on IS-held areas in Syria, confirms military official

The airstrikes on tanker trucks were part of an operation to dismantle the oil supply chain used by the Islamic State to earn millions of dollars to fund its operations. (Representative image) Photograph:( Getty )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 14, 2017, 09.05 PM (IST)

A US military official has confirmed that depleted uranium rounds were used in airstrikes conducted in Islamic State-held areas in Syria in 2015.

US Central Command spokesman Maj. Josh Jacques told Aiwars and Foreign Policy that more than 5,000 rounds containing depleted uranium were fired from A-10 fixed wing aircrafts in raids that took place on November 16 and November 22, 2015, 

The last time the US used depleted uranium was during the Iraq invasion in 2003 after which it had to face severe backlash from locals.

It had vowed not to use it in future. 

The Iraqi government had expressed fears that the use of deplted uranium will have adverse health effects on the local population.

The airstrikes on tanker trucks in Syria in 2015 were part of an operation to dismantle the oil assets of Islamic State. 

The oil supply chain was used by the Islamic State to earn millions of dollars to fund its operations.

(WION)