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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Horrors of war: US, UK depleted uranium munitions continue to ‘cause birth defects in Iraq’

US and UK weapons ammunition were linked to heart defects, brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs, according to a recent study. The report revealed a shocking rise in birth defects in Iraqi children conceived after the US invasion.
Titled ‘Metal Contamination and the Epidemic of Congenital Birth Defects in Iraqi Cities,’ the study was published by the Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. It revealed a connection between military activity in the country and increased numbers of birth defects and miscarriages.
The report, which can be found here, also contains graphic images of Iraqi children born with birth defects. (The images were not published on RT due to their disturbing content.) It documents 56 families in Fallujah, which was invaded by US troops in 2004, and examines births in Basrah in southern Iraq, which was attacked by British forces in 2003.
The study concluded that US and UK ammunition is responsible for high rates of miscarriages, toxic levels of lead and mercury contamination and spiraling numbers of birth defects, which ranged from congenital heart defects to brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs.
Fallujah, around 40 miles west of Baghdad, was at the epicenter of these various health risks. The city was first invaded by US Marines in the spring of 2004, and then again 7 months later. Some of the heaviest artillery in the US arsenal was deployed during the attack, including phosphorus shells.
Alleged use of uranium-enhanced weapons by US-led forces might have caused birth defects and cancer increase25.10.2011, 23:2220 comments

US uranium to blame for deformed babies in Fallujah?

A London court is set to hear a case involving the alleged use of uranium-enhanced weapons by US-led forces in the deadly 2004 battle for Fallujah. Some say it is the cause of horrific birth defects and congenital diseases in the Iraqi city.
AFP Photo / Ali Al-Saadi 23.10.2010, 09:3615 comments

Poisonous US weapons in Iraq kill thousands and mar generations

US commanders in Iraq ignored evidence of torture and the murder of civilians. These are the major findings from the leak of 400,000 secret American military files from the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.
(AFP Photo / Ahmad Al-Rubaye)18.11.2009, 00:381 comment

Birth deformities soar in Iraq

Medics in the Iraqi city of Fallujah are appealing to the international community for an investigation into an unnatural increase in birth defects, which they say are up by 15 times compared to pre-war levels.
British soldiers take part in a Remembrance Sunday ceremony at a base in Kandahar in Afghanistan on November 8, 2009 (AFP Photo / Manpreet Romana)26.02.2010, 06:418 comments

Price of war: British soldiers losing to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

The mother of a former British soldier who will be tried in Iraq for murder says the Royal Army is to blame for the tragedy. She says UK authorities close their eyes to PTSD, a grim fruit of war.
02.07.2009, 09:1815 comments

NATO bombings’ aftermath takes toll on Serbia

There's a ticking time bomb in Serbia, where doctors have reported a sharp increase in cancer deaths among locals and claim this could be linked to NATO's use of depleted uranium shells during the 1999 bombings.
24.03.2009, 22:231 comment

Cancer: NATO’s time bomb in the Balkans

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the three-month NATO bombing campaign of the former Yugoslavia – and a decade later, the wounds of the war are still felt.

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