July 14, 2008 |
About 5,400 residents were evacuated in Osaka, Japan, and flights at nearby airports were rerouted as army experts disposed of a large unexploded bomb believed to have been dropped by the U.S. military during World War II, authorities said. The 1-ton bomb, about 6 feet long, was found by workers at a construction site last month, local army spokesman Shoji Matsumoto said. Although the war ended more than 60 years ago, unexploded bombs still turn up regularly in Japan, where U.S. forces conducted extensive air raids against major cities.
October 8, 2007 |
He is a shy boy, wincing from the stabbing pain of jagged shrapnel in his leg, a casualty of a war that ended 25 years before he was born. His name is To and he is 7, too young to understand why a weapon brought halfway around the world lay hidden in the dirt behind his wooden house, waiting to explode. It happened on a cold morning in mid-February while To was huddling with about 10 people near a small fire his father had built.
October 23, 2005 |
Most of the signs for visitors to the Medicine Bow National Forest in southeast Wyoming are like those greeting people at most forests, with the requisite rules about camping, fires and vehicle use. But on a section of Medicine Bow between Cheyenne and Laramie, visitors see an additional sign -- warning them not to pick up metal objects that could be unexploded military ordnance. From 1879 until 1961, when the U.S.
April 26, 2004 |
Scattered through this town near the old Demilitarized Zone, 2,000 red signs with skulls and crossbones warn, "Danger!! Mines!!" For many, the alert comes too late: 29 years after the war's end, the land still yields a harvest of death. "I'm OK with my situation now," says Do Thien Dang, 41, who lost both legs as a teenager when an unexploded U.S. artillery round went off while he was digging an irrigation ditch. "But every time my daughters go out, I tell them, 'Be careful.
April 27, 2003 |
Kurdish sappers scouring the countryside for thousands of unexploded U.S. cluster bombs search with wooden stakes, gut instinct and the help of any survivors who stumble upon the lethal weapons. It would be much faster and safer if the U.S. military provided details of where warplanes dropped cluster bombs in Iraq, but the only civilian agency clearing the devices has not yet been provided such information. U.S.
April 25, 2003
Re "Bombing Ends but Not Danger," April 22: The Bush administration never ceases to amaze me with its ability to shock and awe. Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, claimed that he had "not heard of injuries" from the cluster bombs dropped by U.S. planes. Further, he could not say whether these bombs had landed in residential areas. The American press has documented hundreds of cases of injuries from these bombs in residential areas. This article contains gut-wrenching photos and stories of children maimed by these horrible weapons.