Iraq birth defect epidemic linked to depleted uranium on U.S. ammunition, tanks
Montreal, Canada (4E) – A rising number of Iraqi babies with birth defects is being linked to exposure to depleted uranium (DU) from U.S. munitions, tanks and military vehicles used during the Iraq War.
A report from the Global Research posted online Wednesday said the malformed babies belong to Iraqi mothers in Fallujah, which suffered intense U.S. bombing in 2004. The report’s Australian author, Donna Mulhearn, said records from the Fallujah General Hospital cited cases of babies born with their intestine protruding outside their small bellies, water on their brain, sac-like protrusions from their heads, abnormally large heads, holes in the back, and cleft lip and palate. There were also reports of infants born without eyes, missing limbs, extra limbs, covered in tumors, missing genitalia, severe brain damage.
Mulhrean said doctors were reporting two birth defects a day on average when she visited Fallujah in July. In the city of Basra, the center of heavy artillery warfare in the 1982 Iran-Iraq War, there was also a high rate of childhood cancer aside from congenital defects.
Mulhearn said there is war pollution in Fallujah, referring to heavy metals from exploded ordnance to radiation left behind by DU later inhaled by locals and seeped into the ground water.
DU is a dense, highly toxic, radioactive heavy metal that is primarily used for its penetrative and shielding properties. It is widely found in American Abrams tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles, many of which are rotting away in the desert from the first Gulf War, according to the Global Research report.
The U.S. and U.K. military, which were involved in the bombings of Fallujah and Basra, had denied that heavy metals in munitions caused the birth defects in the two cities.