Tuesday, November 08, 2005

US caught using chemical weapons

Rai, Italian state TV, broadcasted a documentary with evidence that US forces used chemical weapons against Iraqi civilians.

The new evidence shows the dropping of massive quantities of white phosphor on Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004.

See also Democracy Now!
US uses chemical weapons in Iraq

1 comment:

Mark said...

A March '05 publication by the US Army confirms that US soldiers used white
phosphorus offensively in the Battle of Fallujah. This directly contradicts
statements made by the U.S. Department of Defense and by the US State
Department.

Here is the story on artillery use from the March/April edition of the US
Army's "Field Artillery Magazine" :

http://sill-www.army.mil/FAMAG/Previous_Editions/05/mar-apr05/PAGE24-30.pdf

Here are the relevant mentions of WP in the article:

"The munitions we brought to this fight were . . . illumination
and white phosphorous (WP, M110 and M825), with point-detonating (PD),
delay, time and variable-time (VT) fuzes."

"WP proved to be an effective and versatile munition. We used it for
screening missions at two breeches and, later in the fight, as a potent
psychological weapon against the insurgents in trench lines and spider holes
when we could not get effects on them with HE. We fired 'shake and bake'
missions at the insurgents, using WP to flush them out and HE to take them
out."

What the article does not say, however, is that there is no way you can use
white phosphorus like that without forming a deadly chemical cloud that
kills everything within a tenth of a mile in all directions from where it
hits. Obviously, the effect of such deadly clouds weren't just psychological
in nature.

This claim of "shake and bake" is further confirmed in a news article by an
embedded journalist at the time. See
http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2004/04/11/military/iraq/19_30_504_10_04.txt

"Bogert is a mortar team leader who directed his men to fire round after
round of high explosives and white phosphorus charges into the city Friday
and Saturday, never knowing what the targets were or what damage the
resulting explosions caused. . . they ran through the drill again and again,
sending a mixture of burning white phosphorus and high explosives they call
"shake 'n' bake" into a cluster of buildings where insurgents have been
spotted all week."

This directly contradicts a previous US State Department statement, located
at
http://usinfo.state.gov/media/Archive_Index/Illegal_Weapons_in_Fallujah.html
, that WP was used "very sparingly in Fallujah, for illumination purposes".

You can also direct people to the video of the Italian broadcast, which made
the original claims, which is online at
http://216.239.39.104/translate_c?u=http://www.rainews24.rai.it/ran24/inchiesta/default_02112005.asp
and at
http://play.rbn.com/?url=demnow/demnow/demand/2005/nov/video/dnB20051108a.rm&proto=rtsp&start=9:20

Hope this helps,
Mark Kraft
http://insomnia.livejournal.com

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