Hundreds of troops exposed to toxins in Iraq

November 7, 2014 7:28 AM

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NEW YORK — More than 600 US servicemembers since 2003 have reported to military medical staff members that they believe they were exposed to chemical warfare agents in Iraq, but the Pentagon failed to recognize the scope of the reported cases or offer adequate tracking and treatment to those who may have been injured, defense officials say.

The Pentagon’s disclosure abruptly changed the scale and potential costs of US encounters with abandoned chemical weapons during the occupation of Iraq, episodes the military had for more than a decade kept from view.

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