Gulf War Syndrome? A 100 soldiers is too small a sample to tell from. Maybe all the “depleted uranium”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/world/2003_06/depleted_uranium.html weapons they used are kicking in.
bq.. …What’s not counted in the total is over 100 soldiers who have caught some kind of “pnuemonia-like illness”:http://www.ngwrc.org/article.asp?id=217, not only in Iraq, but across CENTCOM deployments in the region.
…Combine the poor sanitation common in most of the CENTCOM areas, the lack of decent permanent housing for US troops, especially in Iraq and no idea if or how Iraqis are fairing, a medical disaster for American troops is possible. We have no idea if Iraqis are getting sick from this and with the chaos in the hospitals, little way of finding out.
p. Update: “Couterpunch: Military Equipment and Pneumonia”:http://www.counterpunch.org/goff08062003.html
bq.. SOLDIERS and civilians in Iraq face a health timebomb after dangerously high levels of radiation were measured around Baghdad.
Levels between 1,000 and 1,900 times higher than normal were recorded at four sites around the Iraqi capital where depleted uranium (DU) munitions have been used across wide areas.
>> “Drudge Report”:http://www.drudgereport.com/flash4.htm via “Eschaton”:http://atrios.blogspot.com/2003_08_31_atrios_archive.html#106244680784443034
p. *May 18 ’04:* Reports on DU are trickling in:
bq. It’s a year into the occupation and U.S. troops are being killed at a rate of more than four a day. These deaths from roadside bombs, suicide attackers, anti-U.S. militia and mobs of angry civilians make headlines. *More quietly, American soldiers also are beginning to suffer injuries from a silent and pernicious weapon material of U.S. origin—depleted uranium (DU).*
>> ‘Depleted Morality: The first signs of uranium sickness surface in troops returning from Iraq’:http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/depleted_morality/