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Depleted Uranium

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Depleted Uranium

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Depleted Uranium

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The heavy metal known as depleted uranium (DU) is a component of ammunitions that was used, among other places, in the 1991 Persian Gulf War and in the latest war in Iraq. The Department of Defense says DU gives American fighting forces a clear advantage. Critics say DU is a health hazard for troops and for the people left living with the aftermath of war. In this hour, we'll take a look at the case for and against using depleted uranium in weapons.

Guests:

Michael Kilpatrick
* Deputy Director, Deployment Health Support Directorate, Health Affairs, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.

Dan Fahey
* Navy Veteran
* Veteran's Advocate for Depleted Uranium Issues, San Francisco, Calif.