War crimes : Fallujah: use of chemical weapons


Richard Moore


Italian Satellite TV to Broadcast Evidence of US Use of
Chemical Weapons on Civilians
by paper tigress 
Mon Nov 07, 2005 at 09:08:19 AM PDT 

Italian media going full-bore on the Bush Administration.
After its revelations on the subterfuge behind the
Nigergate forgeries, documentary evidence of the use by US
troops of phosphorus and a new formulaton of napalm [MK77]
on the Sunni civilian population will be broadcast
tomorrow on international satellite TV. Global coverage of
the atrocity, folks.


    VIDEO | Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre 
    A Film by Sigfrido Ranucci 
    WARNING: This video contains graphic and possibly
    disturbing footage.

US Forces 'Used Chemical Weapons' during Assault on City
of Fallujah
By Peter Popham 
The Independent UK 

Tuesday 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

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

"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.

In a documentary to be broadcast by RAI, the Italian state
broadcaster, this morning, a former American soldier who
fought at Fallujah says: "I heard the order to pay
attention because they were going to use white phosphorus
on Fallujah. In military jargon it's known as Willy Pete."

"Phosphorus burns bodies, in fact it melts the flesh all
the way down to the bone ... I saw the burned bodies of
women and children. Phosphorus explodes and forms a cloud.
Anyone within a radius of 150 metres is done for."

Photographs on the website of RaiTG24, the broadcaster's
24-hours news channel, www.rainews24.it, show exactly what
the former soldier means. Provided by the Studies Centre
of Human Rights in Fallujah, dozens of high-quality,
colour close-ups show bodies of Fallujah residents, some
still in their beds, whose clothes remain largely intact
but whose skin has been dissolved or caramelised or turned
the consistency of leather by the shells.

A biologist in Fallujah, Mohamad Tareq, interviewed for
the film, says: "A rain of fire fell on the city, the
people struck by this multi-coloured substance started to
burn, we found people dead with strange wounds, the bodies
burned but the clothes intact."

The documentary, entitled "Fallujah: the Hidden Massacre,"
also provides what it claims is clinching evidence that
incendiary bombs known as Mark 77, a new, improved form of
napalm, was used in the attack on Fallujah, in breach of
the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons of 1980,
which only allows its use against military targets.

Meanwhile, five US soldiers from the elite 75th Ranger
Regiment have been charged with kicking and punching
detainees in Iraq.

The news came as a suicide car bomber killed four American
soldiers at a checkpoint south of Baghdad yesterday.



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