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#US #military reverses course, won’t ban use of #clusterbombs https://t.co/yfBHaLAozg

#US #military reverses course, won’t ban use of #clusterbombs https://t.co/yfBHaLAozg

US President George W. Bush declared in 2008 that US would stop using cluster bombs by 2019. On Thursday, though, the Pentagon declared that the weapons have a legitimate use in military operations. © Sputnik/ Irina Gerashchenko Kiev Launching Twice as Many Cluster Bomb Attacks as Militias – HRW Report When deployed, cluster bombs scatter hundreds or thousands of bomblets across swaths of territory than can encompass several football fields. The bombs are notorious for failing to explode during the initial weapon deployment — leaving mine-like explosives that can blow up decades later. Anywhere from two to 20 percent of the bomblets released in modern cluster bombs fail to detonate on first use, according to Legacies of War, a Washington-based non-profit. The United Nations-backed Convention on Cluster Munitions banning the weapons took effect in 2010. More than 100 nation...

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