"these soldiers had entered an expansive but largely secret chapter of America’s long and bitter involvement in Iraq"
Nothing 'secret' about this, , after all we supplied Saddam with these as well as manufacturing information so he could produce, it's plain common sense and if journalism was really the profession it still is thought is it would have been reported right along with the war drum beating!!!
We have, still, plenty of 'dirty sights' of chemical contamination across this country, including where chemical weapons were produced, where the corporations who produced dumped as they walked away with huge profits!
Not to mention still no safe place for nuclear waste so we use some in our weapons production which is causing growing birth defects in Iraq where used heavily especially!!
Why even area's where Agent Orange was sprayed and stored to control weed growth, especially in and around military bases, has finally been discovered in this country and where we have outside of bases and public area's!!
Just one issue still ignored by those served, think Gulf War Syndrome, like this will be as well, since Vietnam, along with so many other issues ignored or denied by the Poser Patriots served so they have no need to Sacrifice themselves!! Gen Shinseki's VA administration with help from this Executive administrations Cabinet, when Congressional, Conservative, decades of obstructed budgets would allow, started addressing many of the issues of our Wars!
Keep in mind, around the globe, landmines buried are still not only being discovered but are killing and maiming in many cases before safe discovery comes to an area where used in this planets many conflicts of man against man and everything else!!
October 14, 2014 - The soldiers at the blast crater sensed something was wrong.
It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artillery shells buried beside a murky lake. The blast, part of an effort to destroy munitions that could be used in makeshift bombs, uncovered more shells.
Two technicians assigned to dispose of munitions stepped into the hole. Lake water seeped in. One of them, Specialist Andrew T. Goldman, noticed a pungent odor, something, he said, he had never smelled before.
He lifted a shell. Oily paste oozed from a crack. “That doesn’t look like pond water,” said his team leader, Staff Sgt. Eric J. Duling.
The specialist swabbed the shell with chemical detection paper. It turned red — indicating sulfur mustard, the chemical warfare agent designed to burn a victim’s airway, skin and eyes.
All three men recall an awkward pause. Then Sergeant Duling gave an order: “Get the hell out.”
Five years after President George W. Bush sent troops into Iraq, these soldiers had entered an expansive but largely secret chapter of America’s long and bitter involvement in Iraq.
From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.
In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, according to interviews with dozens of participants, Iraqi and American officials, and heavily redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. read more>>>
"DeLara's case is part of a much larger problem that has plagued the U.S. military since the 1990 Gulf War: a failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War."
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014