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Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:23 PM

Iraq records huge rise in birth defects

Source: The Independent


It played unwilling host to one of the bloodiest battles of the Iraq war. Fallujah's homes and businesses were left shattered; hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed. Its residents changed the name of their "City of Mosques" to "the polluted city" after the United States launched two massive military campaigns eight years ago. Now, one month before the World Health Organisation reveals its view on the legacy of the two battles for the town, a new study reports a "staggering rise" in birth defects among Iraqi children conceived in the aftermath of the war.

High rates of miscarriage, toxic levels of lead and mercury contamination and spiralling numbers of birth defects ranging from congenital heart defects to brain dysfunctions and malformed limbs have been recorded. Even more disturbingly, they appear to be occurring at an increasing rate in children born in Fallujah, about 40 miles west of Baghdad.

There is "compelling evidence" to link the increased numbers of defects and miscarriages to military assaults, says Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, one of the lead authors of the report and an environmental toxicologist at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. Similar defects have been found among children born in Basra after British troops invaded, according to the new research.

US marines first bombarded Fallujah in April 2004 after four employees from the American security company Blackwater were killed, their bodies burned and dragged through the street, with two of the corpses left hanging from a bridge. Seven months later, the marines stormed the city for a second time, using some of the heaviest US air strikes deployed in Iraq. American forces later admitted that they had used white phosphorus shells, although they never admitted to using depleted uranium, which has been linked to high rates of cancer and birth defects.



Read more: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/iraq-records-huge-rise-in-birth-defects-8210444.html



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cory777 Oct 2012 OP
dkf Oct 2012 #1
unapatriciated Oct 2012 #3
L0oniX Oct 2012 #6
bhikkhu Oct 2012 #9
Ash_F Oct 2012 #2
heaven05 Oct 2012 #4
lovuian Oct 2012 #5
DhhD Oct 2012 #13
GreenPartyVoter Oct 2012 #7
bemildred Oct 2012 #8
dixiegrrrrl Oct 2012 #10
Overseas Oct 2012 #11
xchrom Oct 2012 #12
Berlum Oct 2012 #14
Bigmack Oct 2012 #15
pitbullgirl1965 Oct 2012 #16
Solly Mack Oct 2012 #17
Vidar Oct 2012 #18
yurbud Oct 2012 #19
chknltl Oct 2012 #20
ManiacJoe Oct 2012 #21
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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:26 PM

1. Depleted Uranium. Says it all...

 

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Response to dkf (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:35 PM

3. same thing came to mind for me.

I thought we would of heard about it a lot sooner than now.

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Response to dkf (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:04 PM

6. +1 This was expected.

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Response to dkf (Reply #1)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:49 PM

9. Keeping in mind - its not the radiation that makes it toxic

but that its a toxic heavy metal, which (like cadmium and many others) accumulates in tissues, and the body has no effective way of eliminating it. DU munitions become aerosols or fine dust after impact, contaminating the air and soil of the area of use.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:29 PM

2. War crimes /nt

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:37 PM

4. non-admittance

means nothing. The proof of the case is all the malformed and birth defect babies. That is just wrong to use this type of armament. Generations will hate America every time they wake!!!! War criminals does not begin to cover it. All this because of a lie. Humans are a sad, sad species in regard to how we treat each other.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 03:40 PM

5. Genocide and this isn't the only time

Agent Orange was used on Vietnam
its a legacy

and
Depleted Uranium will have its legacy

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Response to lovuian (Reply #5)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:13 PM

13. Gulf War Syndrome came home with many of the Desert Storm Veterans of Kuwait.

It was linked to pesticides in the sands against biting mites and there was radiation also. A Study of Finding was issued from the University of Texas Southwest Medical School. The 101st Airborne came within 100 miles of Baghdad.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:10 PM

7. We never cleaned up the mess. And how could we find all those shells anyway? Therefore it

behooves us to stop using DU.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:22 PM

8. Gee, who could have predicteed this? nt

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:50 PM

10. Interesting that the Independent is NOW finally reporting this.

Stories have been all over the web via Non MSM, for the last few years.
It is not just Fallujah, this is happening all over Iraq.


Who will...who CAN?....hold the US accountable for war crimes?

I wish I knew for a certainty that the sleep of the guilty is populated with nightmares.
I wish I knew for a certainty that Justice will return from where ever it is hiding.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 04:54 PM

11. K&R. The results of war mongers taking over our government.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:07 PM

12. Du rec. Nt

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 05:20 PM

14. "Droool. My bad. Drool." - George AWOL Bush (R).

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 06:45 PM

15. DU rec nt

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Sun Oct 14, 2012, 08:32 PM

16. Thank you for this

The suffering we have caused is never talked about.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 04:11 AM

17. K&R

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Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:10 PM

18. American Corporate Imperialism: the gift that keeps on giving.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 12:22 PM

19. I was surprised they didn't wait until kids born after Gulf War were fighting age to start new war

That way, the Iraqis pool of young men full of piss and vinegar would have been significantly depleted by the miscarriages and birth defects caused by the earlier war.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 02:25 PM

20. Slowly the story of the WMD use in Iraq is getting out.

As Germany fell at the closing months of WWII, citizens local to the NAZI concentration camps were made to view and work to clean up the nightmare that their government caused.

I would like to see the chicken hawk supporters of Bush Jr.'s war based on lies forced to view the unreported aftermath of what they helped bring about.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Mon Oct 15, 2012, 03:20 PM

21. According to the article, not DU but lead.

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Response to cory777 (Original post)

Fri Oct 19, 2012, 08:09 PM

22. Posted at http://buzzflash.com/

http://truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/17582-the-moral-equivalent-of-nuremberg

By Robert Koehler
Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:58

The Moral Equivalent of Nuremberg


...Another study has come out, this one underwritten by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan, linking the U.S.-British war in Iraq with a hideous, heartbreaking and “staggering” increase in birth defects in areas of the country where bombing and heavy fighting occurred.

When does amorality turn to immorality? How bad must the crime of war reveal itself to be before those who wage it cease and desist, of their own volition or in deference to global outrage?

More.

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