Iraq's Toxic Oil Fields

Iraq's oil fields, once a source of immense wealth, have become marred by environmental destruction. The decades-long conflict and the use of incendiary weapons during the Gulf War have left a legacy of toxic oil fields. Burning oil wells spewed clouds of thick smoke and soot into the atmosphere, contaminating the soil and water. The toxins released include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are known carcinogens. The environmental damage has not only affected human health but also decimated wildlife and agriculture in the surrounding areas. Recovery efforts have been hampered by ongoing conflicts and political instability, leaving the toxic oil fields as a testament to the devastating consequences of war.