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Alarms sound over KBR burn pits in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

Alarms sound over KBR burn pits in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq 06 Aug 2010 Hundreds of military service members and contractor employees have fallen ill with cancer or severe breathing problems after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and they say they were poisoned by thick, black smoke produced by the burning of tons of trash generated on U.S. bases. In a lawsuit in federal court in Maryland, 241 people from 42 states are suing Houston-based contractor Kellogg Brown & Root, which has operated more than two dozen so-called burn pits in the two countries.