USAToday reports that a study has concluded that a US attack on Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapon facility caused a plume of poisonous gas which blew back on US troops and may be the reason for the Gulf War Syndrome;
The Jan. 18, 1991, bombings of the munitions plants in Nasiriyah and Khamisiya blew a plume of sarin gas high above a layer of cold, still air — also called the boundary level — and into a swift wind stream that carried the gas to Saudi Arabia, said the study conducted by researchers Robert Haley and James Tuite and published in the journal Neuroepidemiology.
The gas plumes, the researchers said, can be blamed for symptoms of Gulf War illness, the mysterious ailment that has affected more than 250,000 veterans of the war.
The gas set off repeated chemical weapons alarms at U.S. troop points in Saudi Arabia, the report said, but commanders said they were false alarms, because if the troops had been hit with sarin gas, there would have been casualties. There were no casualties, although U.S., Czech and French systems all detected traces of sarin and mustard agent.
I guess this would explain why many Gulf War veterans are being diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease) despite the fact that they have no family history of the disease.
Category: Veteran Health Care