Iraq blames Gulf war bombing for increase in child cancers

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1612
  1. James Ciment
  1. New York

    Iraqi health officials have claimed that depleted uranium weapons--used by the American and British military during the Gulf war--may be to blame for a substantial increase in the number of cancer cases in the southern part of the country. Depleted uranium--the byproduct of nuclear weapons and power generation--is used to make shells heavier and denser so that they can pierce tank armour more effectively.

    “The use of depleted uranium has caused irreparable damage to …

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