November 21, 2005

US Lt. Col. on our use of white phosphorus at Fallujah

BBC:  US Lt. Colonel Barry Venable retracts denial that we used white phosphorus as an incendiary weapon in Fallujah against "enemy combatants" who remained in the city.  From the BBC article:
    "The US state department had earlier said white phosphorus had been used in Falluja very sparingly, for illumination purposes.
    Col Venable said that statement was based on 'poor information' ..."
    'The combined effects of the fire and smoke - and in some case the terror brought about by the explosion on the ground - will drive them out of the holes so that you can kill them with high explosives,' he said."

    "White phosphorus is highly flammable and ignites on contact with oxygen. If the substance hits someone's body, it will burn until deprived of oxygen., a defence website, says: 'Phosphorus burns on the skin are deep and painful... These weapons are particularly nasty because white phosphorus continues to burn until it disappears... it could burn right down to the bone.' "
Rai broadcast documentary and other articles at DemocracyNow
Other WP links: emedicine on WP, with a caution to avoid contact with contaminated clothing to avoid burns;     Guardian: "gloves off";     BBC: re what US Admin admits re WP use;     The Fight for Fallujah - by Captain James T. Cobb;     Christian Science Monitor's roundup of pro-con stories on WP and Fallujah;     North Country Times story by embedded reporter;     Birmingham Post: when WP would probably be considered "chemical weapon";     The Independent: Excusing the Inexcusable
The Guardian: Training in use of white phosphorus


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