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Congress releases declassified Pentagon files showing deployed US troops were exposed to dangerous toxins

July 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

KARSHI-KHANABAD AIR BASE, UZBEKISTAN - OCTOBER 15, 2016: DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of the Karshi-Khanabad Air Base in Uzbekistan. Photo DigitalGlobe via Getty Images.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday released a collection of newly declassified Defense Department documents indicating that US troops who were deployed to a Central Asian base in the wake of the 9/11 attacks were likely exposed to a dangerous mix of toxins and other hazards, which some believe has led to increased cancer rates among US service members stationed there.

Washington (CNN)A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday released a collection of newly declassified Defense Department documents indicating that US troops who were deployed to a Central Asian base in the wake of the 9/11 attacks were likely exposed to a dangerous mix of toxins and other hazards, which some believe has led to increased cancer rates among US service members stationed there.

The documents released Thursday by the House Oversight Committee's Subcommittee on National Security include the 2001, 2002 and 2004 environmental hazard surveys and health risk assessments that the Defense Department carried out on the base.

The subcommittee's top Republican, Rep. Mark Green of Tennessee, said the "declassified documents point to a mounting body of evidence that our troops who served at K2 Air Base in Uzbekistan were exposed to highly toxic chemicals and radioactive materials. "

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