Monday, February 28, 2011

Veterans demand proper testing and treatment

Veterans in Gulf syndrome protest,

Sick Gulf War veterans will mark the 20th anniversary of the end of the conflict with a protest march on Monday.

The former military personnel will demand proper testing, treatment and compensation for those suffering from Gulf War Syndrome following service in the campaign to drive Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

It is 20 years tomorrow since then US president George Bush senior declared a ceasefire as Allied forces advanced to within 150 miles of Baghdad.

The six-week Gulf War started on January 16, 1991, after the expiry of a United Nations Security Council deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait, which it invaded in August 1990 in a dispute over oil. Saddam famously declared that "the mother of all battles has begun" as the US and UK-led coalition of 34 nations launched a massive air offensive that involved more than 100,000 sorties and the dropping of 88,500 tons of bombs. Read more>>

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