The Department of Defense is contacting service members and veterans who may have been exposed to chemicals — warfare agents such as mustard agents or sarin — during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This effort is in response to the recent reports in The New York Times, most notably an Oct. 14 article, “The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons,” which detailed its investigation and the Pentagon’s acknowledgement that as many as 600 U.S. troops had reported chemical exposure, but it failed to realize the scope of the exposure or offer adequate treatment.
“A cache of mustard rounds found buried in a peninsula near Taji, Iraq. Kept finding and blowing rounds. Each explosion uncovered more every time. Finally got all the rounds out of the peninsula and wrapped them up in this sexy 1015 lbs. controlled detonation. Started late morning one day, end earlier morning the next day.”