|Iraq. Map Courtesy of CIA World Factbook.|
On Jan. 28, the electoral coalition demanded that reports of radioactive contaminants be examined. This issue of contamination has been repeatedly raised since wars ignited in Iraq in the 1980s, followed by the Persian Gulf War from 1990 to 1991 and the US invasion in 2003. . . .
According to Jan. 26 media reports, 1,000 families are breathing air contaminated with radiation in Sadr City. Dr. Ali al-Taie, a resident of the city, told Al-Monitor, “[Diseases] due to radioactive contamination date back a long time, given the abandoned military equipment, remnants of wars and military industries under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Yet the relevant authorities were never interested enough” to take action. . . .
Hani al-Oqabi, a member of the parliamentary Health Committee, also challenged the impact of radioactive contamination and its negative outcomes. He told Al-Monitor, “Contaminated areas are limited and monitored and are concentrated in the western and southern regions. Other than that, what is published in the media is mere exaggeration.” . . .
Read the entire article at Al-Monitor.