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Iraqis Blame Surge In Cancer On US Depleted Uranium

Oh goody, another deadly surge for the poor Iraqi civilians. Common Dreams: Iraq's environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium we

Oh goody, another deadly surge for the poor Iraqi civilians.

Common Dreams:

Iraq's environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country.

As a result of "at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing" with depleted uranium (DU) weapons, Nermin Othman said, the nation is facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7,000 to 8,000 new ones registered each year.

Speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Arab League, she also complained that many chemical plants and oil facilities had been destroyed during the two military campaigns since the 1990s, but the ecological consequences remain unclear.

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