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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 10:25 AM

Cancers strike veterans who deployed to Uzbek base where black goo oozed, ponds glowed

U.S. special operations forces who deployed to a military site in Uzbekistan shortly after the 9/11 attacks found pond water that glowed green, black goo oozing from the ground and signs warning “radiation hazard.”

Karshi-Khanabad, known as K2, was an old Soviet base leased by the United States from the Uzbek government just weeks after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks because it was a few hundred miles from al Qaeda and Taliban targets in northern Afghanistan.

The base became a critical hub in the early days of the war to provide airdrops, medical evacuation and airstrike support to U.S. ground forces in Afghanistan.

But K2 was contaminated with chemical weapons remnants, radioactive processed uranium and other hazards, according to documents obtained by McClatchy.

At least 61 of the men and women who served at K2 had been diagnosed with cancer or died from the disease, according to a 2015 Army study on the base. But that number may not include the special operations forces deployed to K2, who were likely not counted due to the secrecy of their missions, the study reported.

As part of McClatchy’s continued investigation into the rising rates of cancers among veterans, members of those special operations forces units who were based at K2 are speaking out for the first time because of the difficulty they have faced in getting the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover their medical costs.

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/national-security/article238510218.html

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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 01:31 PM

1. Aw, boy.....

After 9/11. Does that mean Bush II ordered them over there?

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Thu Dec 19, 2019, 02:10 PM

2. I went there a few times in 02

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But that was for 3-5 days a visit maybe 5 times over the course of my deployment (I went site to site in the theater doing maintenance on satellite terminals and radios) and can confirm that it was a shitty post.

The LSA was in a 100 acre dirt field enclosed in a 15 foot tall berm. All that did was trap all the water every time it rained flooding our tents and DFAC with greasy mud.

We got kicked out of Uzbekistan when congress said "Maybe don't boil you political opponents alive" and relocated to Kyrgyzstan.

Who proceeded to use our presence in that former Soviet State to negotiate a better aid deal with Putin.

They then threw us out.

Good Times

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