Toxic legacy of US assault on Fallujah ‘worse than Hiroshima’

The US, which has used chemical weapons in warfare as recently as the Iraq War, now claims that it has the moral high ground to intervene in the Syrian War to stop Asad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. What’s next? The same US that has dropped two nuclear bombs in war will attack a country that is developing legal nuclear technology?

The Independent: Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.

Iraqi doctors in Fallujah have complained since 2005 of being overwhelmed by the number of babies with serious birth defects, ranging from a girl born with two heads to paralysis of the lower limbs. They said they were also seeing far more cancers than they did before the battle for Fallujah between US troops and insurgents.

Their claims have been supported by a survey showing a four-fold increase in all cancers and a 12-fold increase in childhood cancer in under-14s. Infant mortality in the city is more than four times higher than in neighbouring Jordan and eight times higher than in Kuwait.

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