Modal close

Hi there,

You turn to Democracy Now! for ad-free daily news you can trust. Maybe you come for our daily headlines, or our in-depth stories that expose corporate and government abuses of power. You need news that isn't being paid for by campaigns or corporations. We produce our daily news hour at a fraction of the budget of a commercial news operation—all without ads, government funding or corporate sponsorship. How? This model of news depends on your support. Right now, every new monthly sustaining donation to Democracy Now! will be tripled by a generous supporter. That means if you can give just $4 a month, Democracy Now! gets $12 today.  Pretty amazing right? If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, start your monthly contribution today. Thanks so much. -Amy Goodman

Non-commercial news needs your support.

We rely on contributions from you, our viewers and listeners to do our work. If you visit us daily or weekly or even just once a month, now is a great time to make your monthly contribution.

Please do your part today.


Depleted Uranium Used in NATO Bombing of the Balkans Linked to Soldiers’ Deaths in Europe

Default content image
Media Options

High level NATO officials will meet on Tuesday in Brussels to discuss a spate of deaths, possibly linked to depleted uranium ammunition used by US pilots in the Balkans.

Italy’s military prosecutor, Antonio Intelisano, is examining five deaths that some scientists link to the ammunition used during the bombing of Bosnia and Kosovo. Another Czech soldier who served in Kosovo died recently of leukemia.

Alarm increased about a “Balkans syndrome” after the recent U.S. admission that it used tons of depleted uranium rounds in Bosnia, as well as in Kosovo. Now, Spain, Portugal, France, Finland, Turkey, Belgium, and the Netherlands are ordering health checks on their soldiers for traces of radioactivity.

The U.S. and Britain are maintaining NATO’s official line that DU is safe. But an association of families that represents the dead Italian soldiers released a NATO document that was never distributed to troops. It warned that “Inhalation of insoluble particles of depleted uranium has been associated with long-term health effects including cancers and birth defects.”

Depleted uranium, or DU, is an extremely dense metal used to coat bullets and projectiles to make better them able to pierce armor. On impact, the DU burns and vaporizes, releasing radioactive and toxic particles. It has been implicated as a factor in Gulf War Syndrome and in an increased cancer rate in Iraq where the U.S. also used tons of the armor piercing projectiles.

From Geneva is the reporter who broke important aspects of the story for German media.


  • Andreas Zumach, United Nations Correspondent for German newspapers and radio.

Related Story

Video squareStorySep 18, 2018Intercept Report Reveals Senate Ignored Federal Court Employees Willing to Testify Against Kavanaugh
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation
Up arrowTop