During the now more than ten years of war, the U.S. military used weapons that are exceptionally injurious and will have long-lasting effects on people and communities where these wars have been fought. The military’s use of white phosphorous, napalm and cluster munitions caused numer
In contrast to past U.S. wars, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been characterized by protracted counter-insurgency campaigns, urban patrols and the absence of a clearly defined frontline. Certain types of casualties – traumatic wounds including mental health conditions and
On the tenth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Iraqis and U.S. military veterans came together to hold the U.S. government accountable for the lasting effects of war and the rights of veterans and civilians to heal. The Iraq war is not over for Iraqi civilians and U.S. veterans who continue to struggle with various forms of trauma and injury; for Iraqis and veterans who suffer the effects of environmental poisoning due to certain U.S. munitions and burn pits of hazardous material; and for a growing generation of orphans and people displaced by war.