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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pentagon Bombshell

WASHINGTON () -- A UN report detailing the discovery of nerve agents in bunkers used during the Persian Gulf War has been a bombshell for the Pentagon, which was already under a cloud as a result of its handling of the Agent Orange controversy involving Vietnam War veterans, and it has sent Defense Department officials scrambling to repair the damage.

Defense Secretary William Perry has ordered a rush effort to determine how many soldiers might have been affected, including preparation of computer models that retrace wind direction to determine where vapors might have traveled.

The Pentagon has already estimated that at least 15,000 U.S. troops may have been exposed to spewing chemical agents, and expects that number to rise, possibly sharply, as new data arrives.