Depleted uranium is one of the most widely discussed contaminants in relation to birth defects. Iraq records huge rise in birth defects iraqrecords2-AFP.jpg. Iraq is suffering from depleted uranium (DU) pollution in many regions and the effects of this may harm public health through poisoning and increased incidence of various cancers and birth defects. Contamination from Depleted Uranium (DU) munitions and other military-related pollution is suspected of causing a sharp rises in congenital birth defects, cancer cases, and other illnesses throughout much of Iraq. Depleted uranium used by US forces blamed for birth defects and cancer in Iraq Many eyebrows were raised when the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its report that the “rates for spontaneous abortion, stillbirths and congenital birth defects found in the study are consistent with or even lower than international estimates. AFP [ 54] Al-Ali, Jawad, 2005. More than a decade and a half after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, a new study found that babies are being born today with gruesome birth defects ... of depleted uranium … Int. Four polygamous families with congenital birth defects from Fallujah, Iraq. In the years following 2003, the U.S. military dotted Iraq with over 500 military bases, many of them close to Iraqi cities. A soldier stands over 25mm rounds of depleted uranium ammunition. Proceeding of the Cancer trend in Basra, Iraq. Depleted uranium – 4.5-billion-year health risk meeting. A new study shows an association between depleted uranium, used by the US during the Iraq war, and the risk of birth defects in Iraqi children. Under the title ‘Fallujah’s children’s ‘genetic damage’, that old war horse ‘literally’ of the BBC’s foreign propaganda service, John Simpson, manages not to mention the phrase ‘depleted uranium’ when allegedly reporting on the alarming rise in birth defects that include cancer, leukemia and a horrific rise in child mortality since the US demolished the city […] J. Environ Res Public Health 8, 89-96. “Epidemiological study at Southern Iraq, Basra city”.