Wind Carried Sarin Gas to Gulf War Troops
Controversial paper cites bombing of Iraqi chemical weapons depots
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2012 6:20 AM CST
Ailments following the Gulf War may be linked to airborne chemicals, a study says.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A controversial new paper may shed light on Gulf War syndrome, a collection of symptoms seen in veterans of the 1991 conflict: Chemical weapons could be to blame. The researchers assert that when US troops bombed chemical weapons depots in Iraq, the neurotoxin sarin was sent into the atmosphere then carried by the wind all the way to American encampments 300 miles to the south. From there, weather conditions may have driven the toxin downward, potentially exposing troops to it for several days. Troops were told that chemical weapons alarms that blared at the time were false alarms, the New York Times reports.

The theory has been raised before; the new paper supports it using intelligence and weather reports. The researchers also noted a correlation between the number of times troops say they heard the alarm and the severity of their symptoms. Satellite images in the report show yellow gas over the US encampments, USA Today adds. Almost half of 700,000 Gulf War veterans have made claims for disability, with many citing symptoms whose cause remains mysterious. The Pentagon has maintained that the gas couldn't have traveled far enough to present a threat, and other experts have agreed.

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Dec 16, 2012 3:44 PM CST
this kind of action should test the will to volunteer for a military command that cares less about its soldiers as they warm their sould wrapped in the flag
Dec 16, 2012 9:31 AM CST
See, there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.I'm sure the Bush administration figured if they had 'em in '91, there could be more caches of it.Coulda been Mustard Gas that affected our service personnel too.There's a lot of different poison gasses, and maybe biological crap too.
Dec 15, 2012 6:06 PM CST
with a military that uses its own troops as test subjects and lies to them does not deserve to be in power..... Time to go back to pre ww2 attitude. (only this time we have 1000 nukes to deter)