[Marxism] Chemical weapons use at Fallujah

Paddy Apling e.c.apling at btinternet.com
Tue Nov 8 02:46:13 MST 2005

 From this morning#s Independent.
Full article at 

US forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah
By Peter Popham
Published: 08 November 2005
Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States 
dropped massive quantities of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of 
Fallujah during the attack on the city in November 2004, killing 
insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns that are the 
signature of this weapon.

Ever since the assault, which went unreported by any Western 
journalists, rumours have swirled that the Americans used chemical 
weapons on the city.

On 10 November last year, the Islam Online website wrote: "US troops 
are reportedly using chemical weapons and poisonous gas in its 
large-scale offensive on the Iraqi resistance bastion of Fallujah, a 
grim reminder of Saddam Hussein's alleged gassing of the Kurds in 1988."

The website quoted insurgent sources as saying: "The US occupation 
troops are gassing resistance fighters and confronting them with 
internationally banned chemical weapons."

In December the US government formally denied the reports, describing 
them as "widespread myths". "Some news accounts have claimed that US 
forces have used 'outlawed' phosphorus shells in Fallujah," the 
USinfo website said. "Phosphorus shells are not outlawed. US forces 
have used them very sparingly in Fallujah, for illumination purposes.

"They were fired into the air to illuminate enemy positions at night, 
not at enemy fighters."

But now new information has surfaced, including hideous photographs 
and videos and interviews with American soldiers who took part in the 
Fallujah attack, which provides graphic proof that phosphorus shells 
were widely deployed in the city as a weapon.


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