Burn Pits

As Washington refocuses on the issue of burn pits—waste fires used extensively in Afghanistan and Iraq which emitted toxic smoke that later sickened troops—Military Times is republishing our early stories to help show what work still needs to be done.

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Balad’s ill wind
Burn pits operate on U.S. bases throughout Iraq and Afghanistan, and troops have reported respiratory and heart problems, cancers and neurological diseases.
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