Don't know quite what to make of this story. Reno seems to have some real journalism chops, but I am not expert enough on the subject in question to properly evaluate the topic. The explanation sounds plausible.
The 20-year mystery over Gulf War Illness, also known as Gulf War Syndrome, is finally close to being solved. The Reno Dispatch has learned exclusively that two new peer-reviewed scientific research studies whose findings are being released this week explain the enduring controversy over what caused many of the illnesses among literally hundreds of thousands of Gulf War veterans.If this is true, didn't ANYONE at the Pentagon bother to think through the ramifications of bombing stockpiles of nerve gas?
The first study confirms what many veterans already believed: weather patterns carried a massive toxic chemical cloud resulting from the U.S. bombing of Iraqi chemical weapon storage facilities a long distance before these chemicals ultimately fell on U.S. troops.
This is being dubbed by some as the largest example of "friendly fire" in American history, because the so-called nerve and blister agents that dropped on American troops were supplied to Iraq by the U.S. before the Gulf War. These chemicals were then bombed by U.S. forces, which lifted them into the atmosphere and dropped on our own troops.
The second study confirms that Gulf War Illness reports were higher at the places where the sarin fell.
“Our peer-reviewed scientific findings bring us full circle by confirming what most soldiers believed when they heard the nerve gas alarms. The alarms were caused by sarin fallout from our bombing of Iraqi weapons sites,” James J. Tuite, who led the first study, said in a statement.