July 22, 2013 - Cancer is more common than flu in the Iraqi city of Najaf, a local medic tells RT. While doctors say the government discourages them from talking openly to the press on the disease, local families are scared of having more kids with birth defects.
Rates of leukemia and birth defects “rose dramatically” due to use of depleted uranium by the US military since 2003 invasion.
“After the start of the Iraq war, rates of cancer, leukemia and birth defects rose dramatically in Najaf. The areas affected by American attacks saw the biggest increases. We believe it’s because of the' illegal' weapons like depleted uranium that were used by the Americans. When you visit the hospital here you see that cancer is more common than the flu," Dr. Sundus Nsaif tells RT's Lucy Kafanov while talking on the rooftop of her house in Najaf, instead of her laboratory. Why the secrecy? As she reveals, there’s an active push by the government perhaps not to embarrass the coalition forces, not to really talk about this issue. read more>>>