A recent investigation confirmed the terrible effects from the use of depleted uranium by the United States in the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, especially for children.
The results of the independently conducted study reveal direct links between this type of ammunition and terrifying congenital malformations in births.
After analysing hair and teeth from the bodies of those born with severe anomalies in areas of bloody clashes or near US military bases, investigators found high levels of Thorium, a chemical element produced by the disintegration of depleted uranium. The enquiry showed, for example, a direct relationship between living near to the US air base of Al-Talil, in south-east Iraq, and a high risk of giving birth to a baby with congenital disabilities.
Among other ailments, this includes cardiac diseases, spinal deformations and cleft palate, said Mozhgan Savabieasfahani, an independent investigator of Iranian origin, located in Michigan, USA.
The co-author of the study, Savabieasfahani reported these episodes in an interview with the US platform, TruthOut.
The scientist estimates that the rise of these illnesses came from the use of thousands of bombs and ammunition coated with depleted uranium by the Pentagon.
This invasion and subsequent occupation in an alliance led by Washington, was authorised by then-president George W. Bush (2001-2009) under the pretext that the Arabic country had weapons of mass destruction.
Years after a devastating war with bloody consequences, Washington recognised that Iraq did not have these weapons, but the damage was already done and continues causing harm.
“When a bomb coated with depleted uranium strikes its target, the fire and flames cause the release of small radioactive particles that the wind can carry for many miles and which contaminate the air that innocent people breathe”, said Savabieasfahani. The inhalation, she added, can cause cancer of the lungs, bones, skin and kidney damage, as well as birth defects and chemical poisoning.
According to the researcher, those attacks were not the only source of pollution, as they ended up destroying thousands of armoured vehicles, tanks and airplanes, reinforced with depleted uranium which, upon disintegration, contaminated the atmosphere and water channels in the Arabic nation.
Iraqi doctors and experts describe Washington’s use of this ammunition as genocide and condemned the growing number of babies with congenital disabilities in areas where fighting took place during the US invasion.
One of those places is the city of Fallujah, 50 kilometres to the west of Baghdad, where the statistics reflect dramatic increases of childhood cancer, leukaemia and miscarriage.
A World Health Organisation report, titled Summary of the prevalence of birth defects reported in 18 specific districts in Iraq, confirms the prevalence of births with those problems.
And, especially, the report highlights that they are in areas exposed to intense bombing or combat. This investigation was held after general concern for the unusual increase in bad reproductive and birth results in Iraq after the invasion and occupation led by the Pentagon.
The radioactivity given off by the invaders’ weapons seems to be spreading through Iraqi territory due to an increasing number of birth defects in Mosul, Al-Ramadi, Najaf, Fallujah, Basora, Hawijah and Baghdad.
Meanwhile, in other provinces, cases of cancer are increasing in an upward spiral, in the same way as sterility, multiple miscarriages, foetal deaths and congenital defects which, in some cases, are not even defined in the medical books. Ministry of Health investigators expressed in an interview with BBC television that this situation is compromising the next generation of Iraqis. (PL)
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