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Mysterious Diseases Haunt U.S. Troops In Iraq

U.S. soldiers deployed around Baghdad airport started showing symptoms of mysterious fever, itching, scars and dark brown spots on the skin. Three soldiers who suffered these symptoms did not respond to medical treatment in Iraqi hospitals and were flown to Washington for medication.
Mysterious Diseases Haunt U.S. Troops In Iraq
July 18, 2003, 06:59 PM

BAGHDAD - Several mysterious diseases were reported among a number of American troops within the vicinity of Baghdad airport, a military source closely close to NATO unveiled.

U.S. soldiers deployed around Baghdad airport started showing symptoms of mysterious fever, itching, scars and dark brown spots on the skin, the source, who refused to be named, said in statements published Thursday, July 17, by the Saudi Al-Watan newspaper.

He asserted that three soldiers who suffered these symptoms did not respond to medical treatment in Iraqi hospitals and were flown to Washington for medication.

The military source reported a media blackout by U.S. officials to hide such information from the public.

The Americans claim the symptoms and the mysterious diseases were resulting from exposure to the scourging sun, which the U.S. troops are not used to, he added.

U.S. officials did not come up with an explanation for the symptoms, which NATO experts tend to believe result from direct exposure to powerful nuclear radiations of the sophisticated B-2 bombs used in the war on Iraq, particularly in striking Iraqi Republican Guards forces who deployed to defend the vicinity of Baghdad airport.

The military source stressed that the shrouds of secrecy imposed by American officials on the issue were prompted by fears of creating waves of panic and anger among the troops, particularly after announcements that American troops would remain in Iraq indefinitely.

He asserted that NATO experts measured levels of radioactive pollution in Iraq and confirmed there were levels of radioactive pollution with destructive impacts on man and environment that may lead to risks suffered by generations to come.

On April 25, the British Observer quoted military sources as affirming that depleted uranium shells and bombs used by U.S. and British troops during Iraq invasion were five times more than the number used during 1991 Gulf war.

The Pentagon had admitted shelling Iraq with about 350 tons of depleted uranium in 1991, aggravating cancerous tumors cases among Iraqis.

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support our troops - one more time 22.Jul.2003 13:16

pp

Can you say D-E-P-L-E-T-E-D U-R-A-N-I-U-M ???

actually 22.Jul.2003 14:28

concerned

While DU may be a contributing factor I think the evidence that Gulf War Syndrome was caused by the "vaccine cocktrail" or the vaccine booster squalene is pretty overwhelming. France was the only country to refuse to give the experimental vaccines to its soldiers in the first Gulf War and they were the only country to not report cases of Gulf War Syndrome. British soldiers have also begun to refuse taking the vaccines and those that have been given them have sued their government.

 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/314010.stm
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,529534,00.html
 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/2940214.stm
 http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,11381,950161,00.html

 http://www.autoimmune.com/GWSGen.html
 http://www.anthraxvaccine.org/AnthraxGWS.htm
 http://www.gulfweb.org/doc_show.cfm?ID=567
 http://www.gulfwarvets.com/anthrax.htm

 http://www.airborne-ranger.com/~hafemeister/BritsAndVaccines020698.html
 http://homepage.ntlworld.com/steveseymour/wecontrolamerica/biowar.html
 http://www.nhgws.org/gulfwarsyndrome.htm
 http://www.mercola.com/2002/mar/9/gulf_war.htm

Or just do a search for "gulf war vaccine" or something similar.

can you say 'gulf war syndrome'? 22.Jul.2003 14:33

i think you can

how many years did the us government tell gulf war veterans that they were not sick, despite thousands and thousands of them dying of thier illnesses or going on disablity? how many years did it finally take the us government to admit that something was wrong with these people?

how can it possibly be that american troops can go to iraq and stay for years without potentially suffering from the same illnesses that affected so many the first time? what might this same illness be doing to iraqi men, women, and children?

this is, in the words of george dubya, "like a bad movie".

jebus!

2 more links 22.Jul.2003 14:39

concerned


depleted uranium a toxic disaster 22.Jul.2003 19:48

Her Pinkness

Wondering what's making our troops in Iraq sick? Check this out ...

"Warning of Toxic Aftermath from Uranium Munitions"
- by Anthony Cardinale
Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2003 by the Buffalo News (New York)
 http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0722-03.htm

The American use of depleted uranium munitions in both Persian Gulf wars has unleashed a toxic disaster that will eclipse the Agent Orange tragedy of the Vietnam War, a former top Army official said Monday evening.

Former Maj. Douglas Rokke, who was director of the Army's depleted uranium project, spoke to 125 people at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society. The Champaign, Ill., science professor was brought here by the Western New York Peace Center.

"I am a warrior," the 54-year-old Vietnam War veteran began. "The sole purpose of war is to kill and destroy. There are no winners."

Dressed in sneakers, blue jeans and a red polo shirt, Rokke fit the image of an animated science professor, hair tousled, adjusting his glasses and eager to impart his findings to the next generation.

If what he says is true, students will soon have yet another chapter of heartbreaking history to study in the schools. If he is wrong, it will take years to disprove.

Called to active duty in 1990, Rokke said, he was assigned to develop procedures for cleaning up uranium contamination after "they decided to use depleted uranium munitions" in the war to expel Iraq from Kuwait.

"They didn't tell anybody what they were doing. Why would they? Depleted uranium munitions are the ultimate weapon. Each round fired by an Abrams tank (represents) 10 pounds of solid uranium-238. The purpose of war is to kill and destroy."

Rokke said his team in the gulf blew up vehicles and structures with these munitions and then tested the wreckage for radioactive contamination. He said they found that uranium dust is so fine that it acts like a gas, seeping through the tiny pores of protective masks.

The United States blew up Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, in Kuwait and on the Saudi Arabian border in the first gulf war, Rokke said. As a precaution, American personnel were inoculated before entering the field, but "we were told not to record it, and it's not in the soldiers' medical records."

Uranium munitions were also used during the recent war in Iraq, he added.

"It's like playing darts," he said, "except you're playing with 10 pounds of solid uranium and it catches fire immediately. You lose nearly 40 percent of the round in uranium dust. It contaminates air, water and soil for all eternity."

Rokke said an "infamous memo" from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico on March 1, 1991, warned of the "impact on the environment" of depleted uranium rounds and suggested that they "may become politically unacceptable." Today he interprets the memo as "a direct order to lie."

The memo from Los Alamos - where the first atomic bombs were developed and tested during World War II - prevented the military from acknowledging the danger of these munitions, Rokke said.

"The United States used 375 tons in Gulf War I," Rokke said. "My orders were to take care of U.S. casualties and vehicles" that had been hit by "friendly fire.'

"Myself and my team members started to get sick almost immediately. It started with respiratory problems, then rashes."

But the procedures developed by his team were never implemented, Rokke said, despite a military order of June 1991 to treat these personnel. Recalling a wounded friend who suffered tumors where uranium shrapnel had been left in his body, he said the authorities found "no compelling evidence" of a connection and refused to authorize removal of the shrapnel or special treatment.

In his own case, Rokke added, his body has six times the amount of uranium that usually requires medical care but has received no help or advice from the government.

"The technology of war is out of control," Rokke concluded. "We don't have the ability to clean it up (or) treat it. I'm a warrior, but my conclusion is that war is obsolete. A U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs report says over 221,000 of our sons and daughters are on permanent disability and over 10,000 dead - one-third of our Gulf War I force. And they're coming back sick right now."

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Former Army Maj. Douglas Rokke tells of lethal legacy from depleted uranium
Former Army Maj. Douglas Rokke tells of lethal legacy from depleted uranium