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“They really don’t want this out”: The biggest Iraq War scandal that nobody’s talking about. The first 10 pages of “The Burn Pits: The Poisoning of America’s Soldiers” will rip your heart out.

“They really don’t want this out”: The biggest Iraq War scandal that nobody’s talking about

In the opening chapter of this new book, Joseph Hickman, a former U.S. Marine and Army sergeant, shares the brief and tragic life story of one Iraq War veteran. In a nutshell, a healthy young man shipped off to Iraq, was stationed at a U.S. military base where he was exposed to a constant stream of toxic smoke, returned home with horrible respiratory problems, was denied care by the VA, developed brain cancer and died. Thousands of soldiers have suffered similar fates since serving in the vicinity of the more than 250 military burn pits that operated at bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan. War’s toxic legacy: Iraq, the burn pits & the tragedy the military needs to be held accountable for. From November 2003 to April 2009, in a lonely area of the Iraqi desert approximately twenty miles north of Baghdad, the United States operated a military base called Camp Taji.

War’s toxic legacy: Iraq, the burn pits & the tragedy the military needs to be held accountable for

The camp was located in what is known as the Sunni Triangle, which in the early days of the Iraq War was one of the most battle-torn areas in the country. In June 2004, Army Specialist Brian Thornhill was deployed to Camp Taji for a one-year tour of duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Brian was twenty-two years old when he left for Iraq. He was born and raised in the small town of Snyder, Texas. He came from a tight-knit Christian family. US military burn pits built on chemical weapons facilities tied to soldiers' illness. In 2007, shortly after vice-president Joe Biden learned that his eldest son would be deployed to Iraq, the then-presidential hopeful turned to a modest crowd at the Iowa state fair and admitted that he didn’t want Beau to go.

US military burn pits built on chemical weapons facilities tied to soldiers' illness

“But I tell you what,” he said, his family lined up behind him. “I don’t want my grandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years and so how we leave makes a big difference.” Beau arrived in Iraq the following year, and spent the next several months serving as a Jag officer at Camp Victory, just outside of the Baghdad airport, and Joint Base Balad, nearly 40 miles north of Baghdad. Though he returned home safely in September 2009, he woke up one day a few months later with an inexplicable headache, numbness in his limbs and paralysis on one side of his body.

Beau had suffered a mild stroke. Toxic Burn Pits. For years, U.S. government agencies have told the public, veterans and Congress that they couldn’t draw any connections between the so-called “burn pits” disposing of trash at the military’s biggest bases and veterans’ respiratory or cardiopulmonary problems.

Toxic Burn Pits

But a 2011 Army memo obtained by Danger Room flat-out stated that the burn pit at one of Afghanistan’s largest bases poses “long-term adverse health conditions” to troops breathing the air there. The unclassified memo (.jpg), dated April 15, 2011, stated that high concentrations of dust and burned waste present at Bagram Airfield for most of the war are likely to impact veterans’ health for the rest of their lives. “The long term health risk” from breathing in Bagram’s particulate-rich air include “reduced lung function or exacerbated chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, atherosclerosis, or other cardiopulmonary diseases.”

Burn pits remain in use across Afghanistan. US Troops Using White Phosphorous in Iraq. (RT) The US forces are reportedly using white phosphorus munitions against Islamist militants in Iraq, despite widespread perception of the weapon as indiscriminate and able to cause horrific injuries to civilians.

US Troops Using White Phosphorous in Iraq

Images posted on a Pentagon-run public affairs website Dvids show a US Army artillery unit firing white phosphorus munitions in Iraq, identified by the Washington Post as M825A1 155mm shells. The M825A1 shells are generally used to create a smokescreen lasting for up to 10 minutes, or make signals and markings for friendly troops. But when used indiscriminately in civilian-populated areas, white phosphorus munitions can cause severe burns. The Iraq War’s tragic epilogue: Why America will never truly be able to leave. There’s good news coming out of Iraq… again.

The Iraq War’s tragic epilogue: Why America will never truly be able to leave

The efforts of a 65-nation coalition and punishing U.S. airstrikes have helped local ground forces roll back gains by the Islamic State (IS). Government forces and Shiite militias, for example, recaptured the city of Tikrit, while Kurdish troops ousted IS fighters from the town of Sinjar and other parts of northern Iraq. Last month, Iraqi troops finally pushed Islamic State militants out of most of the city of Ramadi, which the group had held since routing Iraqi forces there last spring. The Lies That Are Still Killing Gulf War Vets. U.S. nerve gas hit American troops in Iraq, yet since 1991 the Department of Defense and the CIA have continued to hide the truth.

The Lies That Are Still Killing Gulf War Vets

Former U.S. Senator Don Riegle, 2014. This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq. Saturday, January 17, marked 25 years – a full generation – since the 1991 launch of a U.S.

This Month Marks 25 Years the U.S. Has Been at War in Iraq

-led mostly air war, “Operation Desert Storm,” that devastated Iraq, including extensive damage to Iraqi electrical, water and sewage infrastructure, with terrible public health consequences. A quarter-century later, the U.S. is still bombing, and 3400+ U.S. troops are in country. War rages in northern Iraq and Syria, with a ferocious, merciless entity driving the destruction: ISIL. The countries of the region, and to a lesser extent European countries, are overwhelmed by the largest refugee crisis since World War II. Rumsfeld quietly shelved a 2002 report undermining Bush administration's claims about Iraq's WMDs. Actually, the last place it would have been sent was to anybody in the House or Senate, which voted to approve an authorization to use military force against Iraq just one month later.

Rumsfeld quietly shelved a 2002 report undermining Bush administration's claims about Iraq's WMDs

Whether the report would have changed from a yes to a no the vote of any senator or representative—including John Kerry and Hillary Clinton—is one of those unknowns that can never be known. What we do know is that Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney didn’t like what they were hearing from the existing intelligence operations. The GOP’s deadly, broken history: Why last week’s Paris attacks prove yet again that George W. Bush didn’t “keep us safe” In a perfect world, all former members of the Bush administration, specifically former President Bush, along with Dick Cheney and the administration’s national security czars, should’ve spent the last several nights sleepless and emotionally crushed with brutal regret and unbelievable remorse by the horrifying events that transpired in Paris.

The GOP’s deadly, broken history: Why last week’s Paris attacks prove yet again that George W. Bush didn’t “keep us safe”

It’s been a rough several days for the so-called Bush Doctrine and the fallacy that the previous White House occupants somehow “kept us safe,” given the pair of news stories that ought to further condemn the Bushes in the eyes of history. The first story, though not the most heart-wrenching of the weekend, was a report from Politico’s Chris Whipple who, once and for all, confirmed that the Bush team entirely failed to prevent 9/11 in the face of multiple warnings that a “spectacular” attack was being planned for inside the United States.

Trump: Jeb Bush: Carly Fiorina: America is still paying for its wars: The enduring catastrophes of Iraq and Afghanistan. Let’s begin with the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills, Iraqi oil money held in the U.S. The Bush administration began flying it into Baghdad on C-130s soon after U.S. troops entered that city in April 2003. Ex-CIA Director George Tenet: Bush White House Ignored Attack Warnings Prior To 9/11. Image Via YouTube Former CIA Director George Tenet has now said publicly what we have suspected for years: the Bush Administration–specifically then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice–was given intelligence briefings and warnings which specified that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda were planning “spectacular” attacks within the United States.

These warnings, Tenet told Politico, were given months prior to the infamous “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” daily intelligence report. Declassified CIA Document Reveals Iraq War Had Zero Justification. The justification for going to war in Iraq thirteen years ago, was based on a 93-page classified document that allegedly contained “specific information” on former Iraqi leader President Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs he was apparently running. Now that document has been declassified and it reveals that there was virtually zero justification for the Iraq war.

The document reveals that there was “no operational tie between Saddam and al Qaeda” and no WMD programs. Iraqi politician who pressed for US invasion dies of heart attack. Ahmed Chalabi, the Iraqi politician who played a role in persuading the US to topple Saddam Hussein in 2003, has died of a heart attack, according to state television. Haitham al-Jabouri, the secretary of parliament’s financial panel, which Chalabi had chaired, said attendants found him dead in his bed in his Baghdad home. Five Things That Won't Work in Iraq: When at First You Don't Succeed, Fail, Fail Again. In one form or another, the US has been at war with Iraq since 1990, including a sort-of invasion in 1991 and a full-scale one in 2003.

During that quarter-century, Washington imposed several changes of government, spent trillions of dollars, and was involved in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. This is exactly why Donald Trump is right about George W. Bush and 9/11. We’re still fighting George W. Bush’s battles: Syria, ISIS and the “worst foreign policy blunder” in American History. Sorry, Jeb. Your Brother Did Create ISIS. Secret Emails Reveal George W. Bush & Tony Blair Plotted To Deceive Public To Justify Iraq War. A White House memo revealed a “deal in blood” forged by George W. Bush and England’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair over the war in Iraq. Iraq war bombshell: Leaked memo shows Tony Blair committed to Bush’s war a full year before the invasion. “Blair will be with us should military operations be necessary,” Powell confidently wrote to Bush in March 2002, adding that Blair was even willing to “present to you the strategic, tactical and public affairs lines that he believes will strengthen global support for our common cause.”

Chilcot report unlikely to be delayed by Colin Powell memo. How Bush lost Iraq twice. With the loss of Ramadi to ISIS forces, the Republican Party has launched one of its most ambitious myth-making operations in recent memory: Barack Obama lost Iraq. George W. Bush’s Former Intel Briefer: ‘Yes, We Lied About WMDs to Go to War’ Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews last week, longtime CIA official and George W. Bush’s former intelligence briefer Michael Morell outright admitted that the Bush-Cheney administration publicly misrepresented the intelligence related to Iraq’s supposed WMD program and Saddam’s alleged links to Al Qaeda.

Matthews asked Morell about a statement from Cheney in 2003, where the former vice president said, “We know [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” One Tin Soldier (Video) Why Iraqis May See ISIL as Lesser Evil Compared To U.S.-Backed Death Squads. November 20, 2014 | The Iraq War Ten Years After. Bush’s Scheming Began In 2001. PART I: The U.S. Prepares for Conflict, 2001. Big Oil & Iraq War. No WMD's In Iraq. Consequences Of Intervention. U.S. Weapons In Iraq. Depleted Uranium Devastates Iraq. U.S. & Depleted Uranium. U.S. Bombing = Toxic Legacy. U. S. Caused Iraqi Birth Defects. Hospital Of Horrors In Fallujah. Iraqi Birth Defect Data. Birth Defects & Miscarriages. Another Bush WMD Deception. Pentagon Cover Up. Billions Wasted On Iraqi Reconstruction. Iraq Veterans Against the War. 500,000+ Iraqis Dead. I Want Your Oil. In Iraq Until Hell Freezes Over.