Gulf war leaves legacy of cancer
Malcolm Aitken London
The incidence of cancer and congenital defects has increased significantly in Iraq after the Allied use of depleted uranium bullets during the Gulf war, a recent conference in London was told. Declassified US documents suggest that the American military used about 944000 rounds of depleted uranium bullets in Iraq and Kuwait during the war in 1991.
The conference (about the cancer epidemic in Iraq and its possible link to the Allied use of depleted uranium weapons), was chaired by Labour backbench MP George Galloway. The UK Ministry of Defence has declined to comment to the BMJ on the health implications of exposure to depleted uranium during the Gulf war. At least 250 tonnes of these tiny bullets still lie undetected in Iraq and in surrounding countries, according to one speaker, Dr Seigwart-Horst Gunther, president of the International Yellow Cross, a humanitarian organisation founded to help children in crisis. Several speakers