Washington Attacked Iraqi Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2004

excerpt from “10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn’t Want You to Talk About” by Wesley Messamore in Information Clearing House, 9/7/13:

3. Washington Attacked Iraqi Civilians with White Phosphorus in 2004

White phosphorous munitions are blown up by UN and Hamas sappers, not seen, in Khan Younis refugee camp, southern Gaza Strip, Monday, March 15, 2010. United Nations officials have blown up white phosphorous munitions that remained unexploded since the Gaza war Monday. Kerry Ruru of the U.N. Mine Action Team says they’ve collected 340 different munitions that were fired during Israel’s three-week war in Gaza but did not explode, including 84 white phosphorous shells and seven one-ton bombs. (AP Photo/ Eyad Baba)

In 2004, journalists embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq began reporting the use of white phosphorus in Fallujah against Iraqi insurgents. First the military lied and said that it was only using white phosphorus to create smokescreens or illuminate targets. Then it admitted to using the volatile chemical as an incendiary weapon. At the time, Italian television broadcaster RAI aired a documentary entitled, “Fallujah, The Hidden Massacre,” including grim video footage and photographs, as well as eyewitness interviews with Fallujah residents and U.S. soldiers revealing how the U.S. government indiscriminately rained white chemical fire down on the Iraqi city and melted women and children to death.

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