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Jul 5, 2020
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#SundayFact It has been estimated that over 74 million liters of tactical herbicides (chemical weapons) were used in Vietnam during 1961–1971, of which Agent Orange made up almost 60% (43 million liters) “Trail dust” operations were conducted by the U.S. Air Force in C-123s.

American soldiers were told the chemicals were safe. The US Air Force’s Operation 'Ranch Hand' was the military code name for the US Air Force’s spraying of herbicides in Vietnam from 1962 to 1971, when the operation was discontinued.
A small proportion of the herbicides was applied by other means, such as backpacks, spray trucks, helicopters, and boats. The US Army Chemical Corps ground personnel sprayed herbicides from trucks or backpacks around base perimeters. US soldiers faced serious health issues later
Just going to attach some pictures of vietnamese that suffer horrific birth defects due to the operation. US still claims to be human rights champion on planet so that should be noted. There are thousands of such children born like this even today.
From 2005 to 2015, more than 200,000 Vietnamese victims suffering from 17 diseases linked to cancers, diabetes and birth defects were eligible for limited compensation, via a government program but many still not in program, total numbers much higher.
In 2004, a Vietnamese group unsuccessfully attempted to sue some 30 companies, alleging that the use of chemical weapons constituted a war crime. The class action case was dismissed in 2005 by a district court in Brooklyn, New York.
It is unlikely that the U.S. will admit liability for the horrors Agent Orange unleashed in Vietnam. To do so would set an unwelcome precedent: Despite official denials, the U.S. and its allies, including Israel, have been accused of using chemical weapons in conflicts.


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