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Cluster bomb use
Major incidents of cluster bomb use in conflicts since 1975
For a complete listing, see: A Timeline of Cluster Bomb Use at
1979-1989 Afghanistan: Russia uses cluster munitions against Afghanistan
1991: Gulf War: 24-30 million submunitions by allied forces against Iraq/Kuwait[i]
34 million submunitions by allied forces against Iraq/Kuwait[ii]
1994: Chechnya Russia uses cluster munitions against Chechen rebels
1999: Yugoslavia: 347,000 submunitions by allied forces, (U.S./United Kingdom and
The Netherlands )[iii]
2001: Afghanistan: 248,000 submunitions by U.S. forces[iv]
2003: Iraq: 2 million submunitions by U.S. and British forces[v]
2006: Lebanon: 4 million submunitions by Israel against Hezbollah forces
2008: Russia/Georgia: Both Russia and Georgia use cluster munitions against one another
[i] Ticking Time Bombs: NATO’s Use of Cluster Munitions in Yugoslavia, Human Rights Watch, 1999, p. 8.
[ii] U.S. Cluster Bombs for Turkey? Human Rights Watch, December, 1994, footnote # 53.
[iii] Yellow Killers: The impact of cluster munitions in Serbia and Montenegro, Norwegian People’s Aid, 2007, p.19.
[iv] Fatally Flawed: Cluster Bombs and Their Use by the United States, Human Rights Watch, 2002, p. 3.
[v] U.S.: Minimize Civilian Casualties in Iraq, Human Rights Watch, March, 2006