Basra, October 31, 2002

Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, cancer specialist at the Saddam Teaching Hospital in Basra, Iraq, examines a cancer patient who is recovering from surgery to remove part of a tumor he had developed on his torso. Dr. Al-Ali says that the number of cancer patients he sees now has increased by more than ten-fold since the 1990 Gulf War. He says many of the types of cancer he sees suggest heavy metal poisoning and there is widespread speculation that the depleted uranium used in U.S. bombs dropped in the area are to blame.

Credit: Thorne Anderson/Corbis Sygma
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