US, UK MUNITIONS “CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS IN IRAQ”
“In utero exposure to pollutants can drastically change the outcome of an otherwise normal pregnancy. The metal levels we see in the Fallujah children with birth defects clearly indicates that metals were involved in manifestation of birth defects in these children,” she said.
US AND UK ‘UNAWARE’ OF RISE IN BIRTH DEFECTS
ED Noor: Utter balderdash! One of the pluses for the use of these weapons that keep giving over the geerations for time immemorial is just this, the decimation and slow genocide of a people. The medical costs of these infants is tremendous and is also a huge drain on the country’s finances; this was figured in when the US was pushing Russia out of Afghanistan and did indeed weaken Russia’s economy significantly. But basically the use of these weapons is a genocidal one, both immediate ad long term, the “gift that keeps on giving.” Women are afraid to give birth to abnormalities so even the joy of pregnancy has been destroyed for them.
“We are not aware of any official reports indicating an increase in birth defects in Al Basrah or Fallujah that may be related to exposure to the metals contained in munitions used by the US or coalition partners,” a US Defense Department spokesperson told the Independent. “We always take very seriously public health concerns about any population now living in a combat theatre. Unexploded ordnance, including improvised explosive devises, are a recognized hazard.”
“reliable scientific or medical evidence to confirm a link between conventional ammunition and birth defects in Basrah. All ammunition used by UK armed forces falls within international humanitarian law and is consistent with the Geneva Convention.”
Congenital abnormalities have mushroomed in the wake of devastating US sieges in Fallujah in 2004 [EPA]
"There are not even medical terms to describe some of these conditions because we've never seen them until now," she said. "So when I describe it all I can do is describe the physical defects, but I'm unable to provide a medical term."
Four-year-old Abdul Jaleel Mohammed has birth defects and health problems that his family blames on depleted uranium exposure from the 2004 US military attacks on Fallujah [Dahr Jamail/Al Jazeera]
"Whilst caution must be exercised about ruling out other possibilities, because none of the elements found in excess are reported to cause congenital diseases and cancer except Uranium, these findings suggest the enriched Uranium exposure is either a primary cause or related to the cause of the congenital anomaly and cancer increases. Questions are thus raised about the characteristics and composition of weapons now being deployed in modern battlefields."
"Findings suggest the enriched Uranium exposure is either a primary cause or related to the cause of the congenital anomaly and cancer increases," says a recent scientific report on the incidence of birth defects in Fallujah [Dr Samira Alani]
A CONTAMINATED COUNTRY?
Dr Samira Alani, who has been working as a pediatrician at Fallujah General Hospital since 1997, has registered 699 cases of birth defects in Fallujah babies since late 2009 [Dahr Jamail/Al Jazeera]