Environmental pollution in Iraq as a result of the 2003 war by the international coalition forces

  • Mohammed Salman Mahmood Faculty of Law, of Maysan University


The event of the international coalition 2003 war has caused damages to many areas of the Iraqi environment. Thus, the Iraqi government had called for the UN to request for compensation for the serious damages which affected the lives and rights of the Iraqi people. The aim of this paper is to address the legal nature of the right to Iraq in the compensations claim for environmental damages caused by the international coalition war in 2003. The scope of the study is limited to the geographical boundaries of Iraq. This paper concludes that the international coalition war in 2003 has already affected the Iraqi environment due to military operations and the use of Depleted Uranium Metal. Thus, there is a need to resort to the UN machinery to claim the removal of the damages on the Iraqi environment.