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Saturday, November 19, 2005

 

U.S. official admits phosphorus used as weapon in Iraq

`A spokesman for the U.S. military has admitted that soldiers used white phosphorus as an “incendiary weapon” while trying to flush out insurgents in the northern Iraqi city of Fallujah last year. [..]

High-ranking U.S. officials had earlier insisted that the substance, which can burn skin to the bone, was used only to help illuminate battle scenes.

“U.S. forces do not use napalm or white phosphorus as weapons,” the American ambassador to London, Robert Tuttle, wrote in a letter to the Independent newspaper. [..]

[The] comments could expose the United States to allegations that it has been using chemical weapons in Iraq.’




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