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Charlie Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-15-05 06:07 PM
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7. Pentagon: US used white phosphorus in Fallujah
Edited on Tue Nov-15-05 03:51 PM by Charlie Brown
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4440664.st...

The Pentagon has confirmed that US troops used white phosphorus during last year's offensive in the northern Iraqi city of Falluja.

"It was used as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants," spokesman Lt Col Barry Venable told the BBC.

Col Venable denied that the substance - which can cause burning of the flesh - constituted a banned chemical weapon.

Early this month, Italian state TV, Rai, said white phosphorus had been used against civilians in Falluja.

Col Venable told the BBC's PM programme that the US army used white incendiary munitions "primarily as obscurants, for smokescreens or target marking in some cases".

"However it is an incendiary weapon and may be used against enemy combatants."

And he said it had been used in Falluja, but it was "conventional munition", not a chemical weapon.

It is not "outlawed or illegal", Col Venable said.

He said a statement on the US state department denying it had been used was old and based on "poor information".
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