White Phosphorus over Fallujah (Confirmed)
In an earlier post I commented on an Italian (RAI) TV station's allegations that the US military had used MK-77 white phosphorus incendiary weapons during its assault on Fallujah, while reserving judgement about the reality behind the story.
It would now appear this story is actually being confirmed.
A Pentagon spokesman, Lt Col Barry Venable, confirmed to the BBC the US had used white phosphorus "as an incendiary weapon against enemy combatants" - though not against civilians, he said.
San Diego journalist Darrin Mortenson, who was embedded with US marines during the assault on Falluja, told the BBC's Today radio programme he had seen white phosphorous used "as an incendiary weapon" against insurgents.
However, he "never saw anybody intentionally use any weapon against civilians", he said.
White phosphorus is highly flammable and ignites on contact with oxygen. If the substance hits a person's body, it will burn until deprived of oxygen.
Globalsecurity.org, 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."
Via the BBC.
And it would appear that even Bush's own GOP is starting to ask for details of an exit strategy, judging by a newsflash from ABC News...
Keywords: Iraq, Fallujah, Napalm, White phosphorus, Iraq War