Over the past few weeks an increasing number of lawsuits have been filed with regards to soldiers and military personnel being exposed to deadly asbestos dust and fibers in Iraq as a result of debris being burned near to the site. The lawsuits were filed in a number of states, including California, Illinois, Missouri, and New York.

The lawsuits have been filed against construction and engineering company KBR, which is a former subsidiary of Halliburton. The company has dealt with a number of US government and military contracts over recent years.

It is claimed in the lawsuit that KBR had a number of open air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that they burned various items that released toxic waste and debris into the air, putting soldiers at risk of exposure to these toxins, including asbestos.

While the concerns have been taken on board by the US military, officials have said that there is no proof of any danger to those that were exposed for less than a year. However, damages are now being sought by around twenty one plaintiffs.

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