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Health answers sought about burned-off war garbage

 WASHINGTON — J.D. Williams didn’t think much about the smoke cloud that often shrouded his air base in Iraq. Not when it covered everything he owned with black soot or when his wheezing and coughing made it difficult to sleep.

‘‘We just went about our business because there was a war going on,’’ said Williams, a retired chief warrant officer who was responsible for maintaining some 250 aircraft for the US Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

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