The United States Army denies reports that soldiers who were stationed at a nuclear research center in Baghdad were exposed to harmful levels of radiation. Since 2003, more than 750 soldiers have been guarding the Tuwaitha Nuclear Research Center which is 12 miles south of Baghdad. Army officials claim those who received measurable levels of radiation were found to be within US safety standards. However, Sgt. Jason Boatright send an email in August suggesting they had been exposed to radiation at levels not appropriate for health and safety. Boatright met with Col. Mark Melanson, chief of radiation safety, but he also gave interviews to a Memphis TV station in which he stated: “I noticed the guys would end up with rashes. Some had headaches, joint pain, nausea, vomiting, gastrointestinal issues. We realized we were exposed to radiation.” Colonel Melanson insists Boatright is the only soldier who ever complained about radiation.
The US Army has announced that any soldier who was stationed at the nuclear facility should contact medical authorities or go to a VA hospital if discharged if they have any indication of radiation poisoning. Hopefully, no one else will be identified who encountered medical problems at the nuclear site.