U.S. withholding Iraq chlorine in cholera outbreak

The death toll of 100,000 to a million not having been enough, the consequences of the U.S.-led invasion now also include a major cholera outbreak that has reached Baghdad. Previously, about 7,000 were infected in the Kurdish provinces. Mortality of cholera is 25-50% of cases moderate or worse if untreated. Untreated seems to be the likelihood given the current state of disarray in Iraq.

The twist? Iraq is now in dire need of chlorine to disinfect water, but the U.S. is holding up 100,000 tons at the border with Jordan. It seems like it was detected in some bombs where it was used as a booster - though apparently a not very effective one. But now Iraq does not get to use chlorine to disinfect its water.


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