- BAGHDAD (IslamOnline.net
& News Agencies) -- Several mysterious diseases were reported among
a number of American troops within the vicinity of Baghdad airport, a military
source closely close to NATO unveiled.
- U.S. soldiers deployed around Baghdad airport started
showing symptoms of mysterious fever, itching, scars and dark brown spots
on the skin, the source, who refused to be named, said in statements published
Thursday, July 17, by the Saudi Al-Watan newspaper.
- He asserted that three soldiers who suffered these symptoms
did not respond to medical treatment in Iraqi hospitals and were flown
to Washington for medication.
- The military source reported a media blackout by U.S.
officials to hide such information from the public.
- The Americans claim the symptoms and the mysterious diseases
were resulting from exposure to the scourging sun, which the U.S. troops
are not used to, he added.
- U.S. officials did not come up with an explanation for
the symptoms, which NATO experts tend to believe result from direct exposure
to powerful nuclear radiations of the sophisticated B-2 bombs used in the
war on Iraq, particularly in striking Iraqi Republican Guards forces who
deployed to defend the vicinity of Baghdad airport.
- The military source stressed that the shrouds of secrecy
imposed by American officials on the issue were prompted by fears of creating
waves of panic and anger among the troops, particularly after announcements
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- He asserted that NATO experts measured levels of radioactive
pollution in Iraq and confirmed there were levels of radioactive pollution
with destructive impacts on man and environment that may lead to risks
suffered by generations to come.
- On April 25, the British Observer quoted military sources
as affirming that depleted uranium shells and bombs used by U.S. and British
troops during Iraq invasion were five times more than the number used during
1991 Gulf war.
- The Pentagon had admitted shelling Iraq with about 350
tons of depleted uranium in 1991, aggravating cancerous tumors cases among