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Sarin gas blamed for Gulf War syndrome

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US scientists say they have discovered what caused thousands of soldiers who served in the 1991 Gulf War to fall sick with mysterious symptoms.

They have pinned the blame on the nerve agent sarin, which was released into the air when caches of Iraqi chemical weapons were bombed.

Many veterans have complained of a range of debilitating symptoms which developed after their service.

But for decades the cause of Gulf War Syndrome has remained elusive.

Sarin is usually deadly, but lead researcher Dr Robert Haley said the gas that soldiers were exposed to in Iraq was diluted, and so not fatal.

"But it was enough to make people ill if they were genetically predisposed to illness from it."

Dr Haley said the key to whether somebody fell ill was a gene known as PON1, which plays an important role in breaking down toxic chemicals in the body.

His team found veterans with a less effective version of the PON1 gene were more likely to become sick.

The latest study - largely funded by the US government - involved more than 1,000 randomly-selected American Gulf War veterans.

Dr Haley, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said: "This is the most definitive study.

"We believe it will stand up to any criticism. And we hope our findings will lead to treatment that will relieve some of the symptoms."

More than 50,000 British troops served in the war which followed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.

The Royal British Legion said research suggests up to 33,000 UK Gulf War veterans could be living with the syndrome, with 1,300 claiming a war pension for conditions connected to their service in the Gulf.

 

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Amazing work by the researchers. Vindication for those suffering who were negatively stigmatized by their symptoms that could not be traced to a cause until now.
 

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Amazing work by the researchers. Vindication for those suffering who were negatively stigmatized by their symptoms that could not be traced to a cause until now.
If Sarin counts as a weapon of mass destruction then it would appear that G.W. was correct and all his nay-sayers wrong
 

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US scientists say they have discovered what caused thousands of soldiers who served in the 1991 Gulf War to fall sick with mysterious symptoms.

They have pinned the blame on the nerve agent sarin, which was released into the air when caches of Iraqi chemical weapons were bombed.

Many veterans have complained of a range of debilitating symptoms which developed after their service.

But for decades the cause of Gulf War Syndrome has remained elusive.

Sarin is usually deadly, but lead researcher Dr Robert Haley said the gas that soldiers were exposed to in Iraq was diluted, and so not fatal.

"But it was enough to make people ill if they were genetically predisposed to illness from it."

Dr Haley said the key to whether somebody fell ill was a gene known as PON1, which plays an important role in breaking down toxic chemicals in the body.

His team found veterans with a less effective version of the PON1 gene were more likely to become sick.

The latest study - largely funded by the US government - involved more than 1,000 randomly-selected American Gulf War veterans.

Dr Haley, of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said: "This is the most definitive study.

"We believe it will stand up to any criticism. And we hope our findings will lead to treatment that will relieve some of the symptoms."

More than 50,000 British troops served in the war which followed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait.

The Royal British Legion said research suggests up to 33,000 UK Gulf War veterans could be living with the syndrome, with 1,300 claiming a war pension for conditions connected to their service in the Gulf.

Well, well. It appears Saddam had WMDs after all.😉 Prepare for the huge sucking sound from all the previous naysayers and shit disturbers.
So we actually had some truth from Baghdad Bob.😂
 

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Well, well. It appears Saddam had WMDs after all.😉 Prepare for the huge sucking sound from all the previous naysayers and shit disturbers.
So we actually had some truth from Baghdad Bob.😂
You do know that Gulf War Syndrome is from the fight in 1991, don't you? And it was well documented that Saddam had WMD at the time (he gassed his own people). The IRAQ WAR he did not WMD because he was fully disarmed after the Gulf War and constantly inspected by the UN.

Using WMD as a justification for the Iraq War was a massive intelligence failure or a flat-out lie.

That sucking sound should be coming from you right about now.
 

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You do know that Gulf War Syndrome is from the fight in 1991, don't you? And it was well documented that Saddam had WMD at the time (he gassed his own people). The IRAQ WAR he did not WMD because he was fully disarmed after the Gulf War and constantly inspected by the UN.

Using WMD as a justification for the Iraq War was a massive intelligence failure or a flat-out lie.

That sucking sound should be coming from you right about now.
We seized a lot of WMD materials in Iraq - and Canada took the yellowcake, the B&C stuff mostly fled across the border to Syria, but some where still seized. I worked on that TF in Iraq and when moved over 45 Connex boxes out by C-17 and it was all manifested by UN personnel.

I suspect the reason it was buried was the origin of the items where all NATO countries…

I kept waiting for McCain to announce it during the ‘08 election campaign- but alas…
 

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You do know that Gulf War Syndrome is from the fight in 1991, don't you? And it was well documented that Saddam had WMD at the time (he gassed his own people). The IRAQ WAR he did not WMD because he was fully disarmed after the Gulf War and constantly inspected by the UN.

Using WMD as a justification for the Iraq War was a massive intelligence failure or a flat-out lie.

That sucking sound should be coming from you right about now.
Sounds like it's coming from your direction.
 

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They have pinned the blame on the nerve agent sarin, which was released into the air when caches of Iraqi chemical weapons were bombed.
So, has gulf war syndrome also affected members of the local populations? I had only heard of it in coalition veterans.
 

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And in between IRQ-91 and IRQ-03 was KAZ-93…

PROJECT SAPPHIRE was a DOD/DOE/IAEA/others fun fest in Borat’s homeland. 😉

 

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You do know that Gulf War Syndrome is from the fight in 1991, don't you? And it was well documented that Saddam had WMD at the time (he gassed his own people). The IRAQ WAR he did not WMD because he was fully disarmed after the Gulf War and constantly inspected by the UN.

Using WMD as a justification for the Iraq War was a massive intelligence failure or a flat-out lie.

That sucking sound should be coming from you right about now.
I was reading Hans Blix's reports to the UNSC at the time, even he suspected that Saddam had some sort of WMD and even Saddam General's believed it.
 

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We seized a lot of WMD materials in Iraq - and Canada took the yellowcake, the B&C stuff mostly fled across the border to Syria, but some where still seized. I worked on that TF in Iraq and when moved over 45 Connex boxes out by C-17 and it was all manifested by UN personnel.

I suspect the reason it was buried was the origin of the items where all NATO countries…

I kept waiting for McCain to announce it during the ‘08 election campaign- but alas…
Everyone keeps missing this point 😉

The old "How do you know Saddam has WMD?"....

We just know 😉 .... because it was us that gave it to him .... to fight those annoying Iranians that screwed over our oil interests.
 

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Everyone keeps missing this point 😉

The old "How do you know Saddam has WMD?"....

We just know 😉 .... because it was us that gave it to him .... to fight those annoying Iranians that screwed over our oil interests.
Yeah, the ugly truth of politics.
No one gave a shit when he gassed the Iranian human wave attacks.

But when he missile’d the USS Stark all of a sudden a light switch went on that the enemy of our enemy was actually our friend…

Then he had the audacity to invade Kuwait but had even asked the US DoS what our position was on Iraq and Kuwait oil disputes and we said (stupidly or naively?) that we where neutral.

Admittedly it wasn’t really US stuff in Iraq, as we encouraged Germany and France to provide most of the chemicals — but that looks bad in the press so let’s just bury it…
 
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