Balkan War syndrome

Balkan War syndrome

A term that dignifies a side effect allegedly suffered by soldiers during the fighting in Bosnia, Hercegovina and Kosovo in the mid- to late 1990s, who were exposed to NATO anti-tank missiles and bombs containing depleted uranium.

According to one report, 16 ex-soldiers from 6 different countries who served in the Balkans died from leukaemia.
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A number of servicemen have claimed they became seriously ill with Balkan War syndrome after they were exposed to depleted uranium.
Italy and Portugal have already launched their own inquiries into the safety of depleted uranium ammunition following the emergence of so-called Balkan War Syndrome.
An increasing number of ex-servicemen have come forward claiming that they are suffering from so-called Balkan War Syndrome.