Environmental pollution by depleted uranium in Iraq with special reference to Mosul and possible effects on cancer and birth defect rates

  title={Environmental pollution by depleted uranium in Iraq with special reference to Mosul and possible effects on cancer and birth defect rates},
  author={Riyad Abdullah Fathi and Lilyan Yaqup Matti and Hana S. Al-Salih and Douglas L. Godbold},
  journal={Medicine, Conflict and Survival},
  pages={25 - 7}
Iraq is suffering from depleted uranium (DU) pollution in many regions and the effects of this may harm public health through poisoning and increased incidence of various cancers and birth defects. DU is a known carcinogenic agent. About 1200 tonnes of ammunition were dropped on Iraq during the Gulf Wars of 1991 and 2003. As a result, contamination occurred in more than 350 sites in Iraq. Currently, Iraqis are facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7000 to 8000 new ones registered each year… Expand
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