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[casi] Dr Huda Ammash

Felicity Arbuthnot

The apprehension of Dr Huda Ammash raises many serious questions relating to
the US squatters who have taken over the 'house' which is Iraq. Dr Ammash is
an internationally highly respected environmental biologist with whom I have
spoken on a number of platforms.

Dr Ammash is also a world class expert on the health effects of depleted
uranium in Iraq and the cancers and birth defects linked to its use by the
UK and US in the first Gulf war in 1991. There is an Orwellian feel to the
fact that looting and burning of all hospital records was allowed by US and
UK troops - thus destroying all evidence of the deadly cancers, birth
defects and other effects of DU. Now Dr Ammash has been disappeared. Strange
coincidence. Iraq is turning into a vast Guantanamo Bay.

If civilised society still exists, it should be demanding of governments
that independent legal experts, Amnesty International and the Red Cross are
allowed immediate access to these disappeared. We must not have Iraqi
mothers, like Chile's mothers, holding placards with photographs of their
missing loves - at the hands of the United States of America and its British
bag carrier.

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