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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