The real question about chemical weapons in Iraq: Did the U.S. take care of its troops exposed to them?

October 15, 2014 8:57 PM

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The real question about chemical weapons in Iraq: Did the U.S. take care of its troops exposed to them?

It was 2009 when Iraq’s Defense Ministry launched a Chemical Defense Regiment, trained to respond to incidents involving chemical weapons that had been hidden across the country’s landscape for years. Soldiers jumped into action quickly afterward, recovering nearly 400 rounds carrying toxic materials in one three-day period that year, according to a U.S. Defense Department report.

That’s just one example that U.S. troops and other Americans in Iraq knew that there were aging chemical weapons stored in numerous locations across the country. But it does little to blunt the impact of a New York Times piece published Tuesday night, which raises questions whether U.S. troops who w...

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