Iraq blames Gulf war bombing for increase in child cancersBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7173.1612a (Published 12 December 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1612
- James Ciment
- 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 …